1. Lights Out

    Massive Power Outage Hits Syria

    A rebel fighter shoots towards Syrian government forces through a hole on the wall of a flat in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of Aleppo on February 16, 2013. More than 300 people were abducted by armed groups in northwestern Syria over two days in an unprecedented string of sectarian kidnappings, a watchdog and residents said. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fighting in Aleppo on Saturday. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty)

    This has got to make matters worse. A problem with a high-tension line plunged Damascus and the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida into darkness on Saturday. Meanwhile, in northwestern Syria, an activist group reported that pro-government gunmen have kidnapped more than 300 people. The action is reportedly in retaliation for the snatching of 42 Shia Muslims on Thursday. The eye-for-an-eye kidnappings, which happened in a predominantly Sunni area, could trigger more sectarian violence. The kidnapped Shia, mostly women and children, were taken from a bus while traveling between villages.

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