On Monday, fighting between rebels and government forces in Syria spread to Damascus, reportedly engulfing the capital in its worst violence since the uprising began some 16 months ago. The development is seen as the latest indication that Syria's conflict has devolved into an all-out civil war, with the battles moving from impoverished provinces to central cities. The international community remains divided on how to approach the conflict, and Russia, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, earlier in the day objected to a U.N. Security Council resolution to impose new sanctions on Syria.
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