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Syria: Homs under 'heaviest' shelling yet

The Syrian city of Homs has come under renewed bombardment for the fifth day running - the heaviest so far, according to residents.

(BBC NEWS) Homs - Activists say more than 40 people have died as a result of the new shelling, but this is difficult to verify.

The attacks come a day after President Bashar al-Assad promised the Russian foreign minister in Damascus that he would end violence and start dialogue.

Russia and China blocked a UN Security Council resolution last week.

The BBC's Paul Wood, who is now on the outskirts of Homs with rebel fighters, says that his contacts inside the city describe the impacts as falling constantly - and it it too dangerous for them to go out and investigate the number of dead and injured.

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Considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues, Otis Redding, nicknamed the King of Soul, had a profound influence on other artists before his life was cut tragically short in a plane crash.

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