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Syrian Capital, Its Suburbs Calm After UN Cease-Fire Vote

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday no deaths have been reported since the resolution passed

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    Syrian Capital, Its Suburbs Calm After UN Cease-Fire Vote
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    This photo released on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian citizens at a street market in Damascus, Syria. As the Syrian government steps up its attacks on the opposition-held suburbs of Damascus, rebels in outlying towns are retaliating by sending volleys of mortar shells into the capital, killing more than 25 civilians in the past two weeks and spreading fear among its four residents. (SANA via AP)

    Syrian opposition activists and residents of Damascus say the city and its embattled eastern suburbs are relatively calm following the U.N. Security Council's unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria.

    The activists reported few violations, including some clashes, on the southern edge of the rebel-held suburbs, known as eastern Ghouta, and two airstrikes late on Saturday, shortly after the resolution was adopted.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday no deaths have been reported since the resolution passed.

    Ghouta-based opposition activist Anas al-Dimashqi says the night was calm but warplanes and drones are still flying over rebel-held areas.

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    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

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    Damascus residents say there's more traffic in the streets, compared with previous days.

    The resolution calls on all parties to immediately lift sieges of populated areas.