1. Middle East

    Syria Death Toll Rises to 5,000

    Image #: 16255099    Anti-government protesters carry the coffin of Abdul Haleem Baqour during his funeral in Hula near Homs December 10, 2011. Baqour was killed by shrapnel during shelling by the government army on Hula last week.    REUTERS/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST)       REUTERS/HO /LANDOV

    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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