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Syrian army and Hezbollah launch major assault on border city: TV station 3:56am EDT

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allied militia have launched a major assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani, the Lebanese Shi'ite Hezbollah group's television station said on Saturday.  Full Article

At least 25 Syrian al Qaeda members dead in mosque blast in Syria's Idlib: monitor Friday, 3 Jul 2015 

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An explosion at a mosque in Syria's Idlib province on Friday killed at least 25 members of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, the British-based Observatory monitoring group said.  Full Article  

Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank Friday, 3 Jul 2015 

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington.  Full Article