1. SYRIA

    Helicopter Downed in Damascus

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    Syrian rebels say they shot down a helicopter that was firing on people in Damascus on Monday. A helicopter crash in the neighborhood of Qabun in the capital city was confirmed by state media reports. In video footage posted by activists of the downed helicopter, rebels are heard shouting, “God is greatest.” As violence continues in the country, there has been a sharp uptick in the number of civilians fleeing across Syria’s shared border with Turkey, with the neighboring country temporarily closing two border crossings Sunday as it struggled to process the influx of refugees.

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