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Clashes halt flights in Syria's largest city

Syria

Clashes halt all flights in largest city

Clashes between government troops and rebels on Tuesday forced the international airport in Aleppo to stop all flights in and out of Syria's largest city, while fierce battles also raged in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus. The rebels have been making inroad in the civil war recently, capturing a string of military bases and posing a stiff challenge to the regime in Syria's two major cities — Damascus and Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime group, said the fighting around the airport led to its closure late Monday.

NEW YORK

Woman dies in fall on subway tracks

A young woman stumbling around on a Manhattan subway platform not far from Times Square fell onto the tracks and was killed by a train, police said Tuesday. Police said the victim was in her 20s. Her name wasn't released. Track deaths have been getting extra scrutiny after two men were shoved to their deaths in December.

Elsewhere

Washington: The District of Columbia, once known as the nation's murder capital, ended 2012 with fewer than 100 homicides for the first time since 1963. The city recorded 88 homicides, down from the more than 400 a year it saw from 1989 through 1993 amid a crack cocaine epidemic.

West Bank: Violent clashes broke out Tuesday between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the village of Tamoun, leaving up to 30 Palestinians injured, after an undercover Israeli force entered the village to arrest a wanted militant, according to Palestinian news reports and the Israeli military. Two soldiers were hurt, neither seriously, the military said.

Times wires

Clashes halt flights in Syria's largest city 01/01/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 10:11pm]

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