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In prisoner exchange, Syria releases 61 women

In this Monday Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, center, escorted by his bodyguards, waves to a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters during a rally denouncing an anti-Islam film that has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim countries worldwide, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. The Lebanese Shiite militant group has sent its gunmen to fight alongside Assad’s forces, providing a significant boost to the government’s overstretched military. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has suggested he would do everything it takes to save Assad’s government, which has been a patron and ally of the militant group for decades. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Ryan Lucas, The Associated Press
Oct 24 2013 - 7:03am

BEIRUT -- Syrian authorities have released a total of 61 women detainees, an activist group said Thursday, the latest in a three-way prisoner exchange that was one of the more ambitious negotiated deals in the country's civil war in which rival factions remain largely opposed to any bartered peace.Meanwhile, electricity returned to parts of...

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