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Life in Damascus

<p>A member of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra carries his instrument as he walks near a poster depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, ahead of a charity concert at al-Hamra theater in Damascus, November 21, 2012.
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A member of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra carries his instrument as he walks near a poster depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, ahead of a charity concert at al-Hamra theater in Damascus, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman more

A member of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra carries his instrument as he walks near a poster depicting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, ahead of a charity concert at al-Hamra theater in Damascus, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A girl buys a sandwich from a street vendor in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A girl buys a sandwich from a street vendor in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A girl buys a sandwich from a street vendor in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Men play foosball on a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012.  REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Men play foosball on a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Men play foosball on a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus, January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Sana</p>

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus, January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Sana

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus, January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Sana

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<p>People pose for a picture at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

People pose for a picture at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

People pose for a picture at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Children leave school in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Children leave school in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Children leave school in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Men drink tea and smoke water pipe at a cafe in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Men drink tea and smoke water pipe at a cafe in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Men drink tea and smoke water pipe at a cafe in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A shop owner cleans his shop in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A shop owner cleans his shop in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A shop owner cleans his shop in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A man walks past chicken for sale along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. 


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A man walks past chicken for sale along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A man walks past chicken for sale along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A man smokes a water pipe as he sits at al-Nawfara coffee shop in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A man smokes a water pipe as he sits at al-Nawfara coffee shop in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A man smokes a water pipe as he sits at al-Nawfara coffee shop in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Fish are displayed for sale at a shop in Damascus, November 12, 2012. 
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Fish are displayed for sale at a shop in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Fish are displayed for sale at a shop in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A chef slices Shawarma along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A chef slices Shawarma along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A chef slices Shawarma along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A boy walks past a portrait drawing workshop in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A boy walks past a portrait drawing workshop in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A boy walks past a portrait drawing workshop in the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Men pray at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Men pray at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Men pray at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Toys are displayed for sale along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. 

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Toys are displayed for sale along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Toys are displayed for sale along a street in Damascus, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A man receives a shave from a barber at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A man receives a shave from a barber at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A man receives a shave from a barber at the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A man and his wife buy corn from a street vendor in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A man and his wife buy corn from a street vendor in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A man and his wife buy corn from a street vendor in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Boys carry bread as they walk in the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Boys carry bread as they walk in the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Boys carry bread as they walk in the old city of Damascus, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Oriental dance costumes are displayed as vendors wait for customers in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Oriental dance costumes are displayed as vendors wait for customers in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Oriental dance costumes are displayed as vendors wait for customers in al-Hamidieh Souk at the old city of Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Children play outside the historic Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Children play outside the historic Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Children play outside the historic Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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