Syria: ‘More than 80 killed’ in Aleppo University blasts

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Dozens of people have been killed when two explosions tore through one of Syria’s biggest universities yesterday on the first day of exams, in what could prove to be the deadliest bombing during nearly two years of violence.

The United Nations estimates that at least 60,000 people have been killed since protests in March 2011 turned into an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, who has resisted all international efforts to force a compromise.

In New York, more than 50 countries asked the UN Security Council to refer the crisis to the International Criminal Court, which prosecutes people for genocide and war crimes.

Russia – Mr Assad’s long-standing ally and arms supplier – blocked the initiative, calling it “ill-timed and counterproductive”.

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