More than 200 kidnapped Syrian villagers released

Gunmen from rival Sunni and Shiite Muslim villages in northern Syria have freed more than 200 people snatched in tit-for-tat kidnappings this month, easing tensions that threatened to touch off sectarian violence, activists said Friday.


In Syria's largest city of Aleppo, three explosions that appeared to be caused by missiles killed at least 12 people, activists said, adding that dozens of people were feared to be trapped under the rubble of damaged buildings. )AP)