Syria election: A ballot amid a battle

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The Assad regime is radiating a new sense of confidence. The elections would not be held without it. Central Damascus looks less like the capital of a country fighting a civil war than at any time since the war started. The souks are full and ice cream shops are doing a lot of business now that the summer is here. Portraits of President Bashar al-Assad are not rare in Damascus, but the election means that thousands more pictures, posters, banners and pieces of bunting are festooning the city. Market stalls sell Assad souvenirs; pendants featuring images of the President and his family next to bracelets of President Assad with his vital ally, Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Shia…

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Syria's 2014 Presidential Election Underway

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Polling stations have opened in government-held areas in Syria for the country’s presidential election — a vote that President Bashar Assad is widely expected to win. Tuesday’s balloting comes amid a devastating, three-year civil war that activists say has killed more than 160,000 people. It’s also […]