Opposition activists say at least 31 people have been killed in a Damascus bombing near the ruling party's HQ. A car bomb struck a security checkpoint near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy in the capital Damascus, leaving dead bodies lying in a nearby park, according to opposition activists.
Syrian state TV also reported the blast in the central Mazraa neighborhood, calling it a "terrorist" attack by a suicide bomber on a heavily populated area near a mosque, a hospital, a bus station and a school. It said at least four children were among the wounded. (AP)