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Syria

Bomb attacks in Damascus kill eight

Suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district, killing at least eight people in the separate attacks, the latest in a surge of civil war violence in the capital. In northern Syria, a car bomb killed 12 soldiers in Aleppo, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Spain

Police arrest 84 in doping crackdown

Police arrested 84 people and dismantled two criminal gangs accused of importing and distributing sports doping substances across Spain. The raids were conducted over a period of months in 10 Spanish regions, with half the arrests in the country’s three largest cities — Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Overall, the authorities seized about 707,000 doses of anabolic steroids, blood boosters and growth hormones.

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