1. UPDATE

    21 Killed in Syrian Airstrikes

    A Free Syrian Army fighter aims fire at regime forces during clashes in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, on August 24, 2012. Syrian forces blitzed areas in and around the Aleppo, activists said, as Western powers sought to tighten the screws on embattled President Bashar al-Assad.  AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS         (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A regime warplane dropped an aerial bomb on an apartment building in eastern Syria on Friday, killing at least 21 people in Mayadin, a city near the Iraqi border. The air raid was an attempt to claim back the city after rebels gained control of a key area on a bridge over the Euphrates River there—the first time they had seized control in Mayadin in the 17-month uprising. Damascus was also reportedly pounded by heavy shelling and gunfire. Meanwhile, the United Nations reported a drastic surge in refugee flight from Syria, breaking previous estimates and reinstating fears that the war in Syria could engulf neighboring countries.

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