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    Assad Retakes Parts of Damascus

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03:   The United Nations General Assembly votes on a resolution on Syria at UN headquarters on August 3, 2012 in New York City. The General Assembly voted to adopt a resolution denouncing the Assad regime's violence in Syria.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Mario Tama

    It was a day of rest, not to mention the holy month of Ramadan, but government troops in Syria were entering Damascus with tanks and armored vehicles in order to push out the rebels. Activists in the city said mortar rounds were fired and Syrian troops were retaking former rebel strongholds in the capital city and succeeding. Across the globe, in a mainly symbolic vote, the United Nations voted to condemn Syria’s use of heavy weaponry against civilians, which is seen as not much more than a slap on the wrist.

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