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IS targets Assad heartland

More than 100 Syrian civilians have been killed in a series of attacks on cities in president Assad's coastal heartland.

Scores of Syrian civilians have been killed in a series of attacks on two cities in President Assad's coastal heartland. Islamic State said the blasts were in retaliation for air strikes by Russian and Syrian government forces. Also: a council in North Yorkshire votes to allow fracking. And why the phrase "piggy eyes" has acquired a whole new meaning.

Photo: Cars destroyed by bomb attacks. Credit AFP/Getty Images.

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