The blood-letting in the central Syrian city of Homs has reached new heights. More than 50 people were killed in 24 hours, many of them kidnapped and murdered, allegedly by pro-government militiamen known as Shabiha. Homs and the surrounding province lie on a sectarian fault line with Sunni and Alawite communities side by side.
Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the state Senator Phil Puckett, who resigned last month to take a job at a state tobacco commission — and turned the Senate over to Republicans.
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