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Syria: Battle for Rastan heightens

2 October 2011 Last updated at 05:39 BST

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army has regained control of the central town of Rastan, according to state media.

It follows five days of fierce fighting in the town where army defectors had joined protesters.

A fresh wave of protests erupted after prayers on Friday in cities across the country, leaving at least 18 people, protesters and troops, dead, according to activists.

Will Grant reports.