1. Middle East

    Syria Death Toll Rises to 5,000

    Reuters / Landov

    Nine months after Syria’s uprising began, at least 5,000 people have died, according to the United Nations’ latest estimate. The death toll includes at least 300 children. The new estimate comes as local elections are being held in Syria. Opposition, however, has called for a boycott of the election, and turnout is expected to be very low due to fears of violence.

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