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Double Car Bombings in Damascus Kill At Least 30

The explosions in Syria's capital claimed the lives of civilians and soldiers, according to Syrian state television.

Beirut - (Reuters) - Two booby-trapped cars blew up at security sites in Damascus on Friday, killing a number of civilians and soldiers, state television said, in the worst violence to hit Syria's capital during nine months of unrest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Al Manar, a television news channel owned by Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant movement Hezbollah, a major ally of Assad, put the number of dead from the blasts at 30 with 55 wounded and said most of the casualties were civilians. Al Manar cited information from its own correspondents at the scene.

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Russia, Ukraine And The West's Double Standard On International Law

With a passion that recalls the aftermath of World War II, politicians and commentators are demanding a global order that takes seriously the rules of the United Nations Charter — notably on respect for sovereignty and fundamental human rights.

During an emergency session on March 2, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to adopt a resolution condemning Russia on its invasion of Ukraine.

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While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the immediate spur, China’s conduct in the Indo-Pacific region has prompted similar calls.

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It’s more than a fight between autocracies and democracies, Fareed Zakaria recently argued in the Washington Post. This moment requires a rules-based international order that has inclusive global appeal beyond western interests.

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