1. TRUCE

    Syrian Army Promises CeaseFire

    In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 photo, Syrian residents carry a man severely injured from an artillery shell that landed near a bakery, to  a hospital for treatment in Aleppo, Syria. Several were killed and a dozen were injured after the artillery shell that landed near a bakery in Aleppo on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).

    Narciso Contreras / AP Photo

    The Syrian army is calling truce...at least for four days. The military will cease operations starting Friday in observance of the Muslim holiday Eid, though it promises that it will continue to respond to any gunfire. Hours before the cease-fire was announced Thursday, violence continued to plague Syria. A resident of Damascus reported to Al Jazeera that the area is being “pummeled” by tanks and rockets from President Bashar al-Assad's rebels. Doubts remain as to whether the truce will hold, with residents claiming “no one is taking the ceasefire seriously.” An earlier truce in April collapsed after only days.

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