In other news Monday, Palestinian supporters and opponents of the Assad regime turned on each other in violent conflict south of Damascus. Syria’s half million Palestinians have struggled to stay on the sideline of the conflict since it began 19 months ago.
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The violence in Syria swept up a new group today. Fighting raged near a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus. Activists said Palestinian radicals supporting the Syrian government were battling other Palestinians.
Elsewhere in the capital, a car packed with explosives detonated in a main square, killing at least 11 people. The blast heavily damaged nearby buildings, and littered the streets with charred debris. And in the central province of Hama, a suicide car bomb killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers and gunmen.
Across Greece today, services ground to a halt in the face of a new protest against austerity measures. The governing coalition presented its latest package to parliament, $17 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes. In response, transport workers, journalists, doctors, and many shopkeepers stopped work for 48 hours. Many showed up for marches in Athens to show their opposition.
Trading was light on Wall Street today ahead of the presidential election. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 19 points to close at 13,112. The Nasdaq rose more than 17 points to close above 2,999.
Those are some of the day's major stories.