A man walks past debris from damaged buildings after a suicide bomber carried out an attack near a base used by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Qamishli December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
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Syria's state-run news agency says three suicide bombers have detonated their explosive belts in a hotel in the northeastern town of Qamishli, killing three people.The Syrian government freed only 25 prisoners -- and not the 150 reported by foreign mediators -- in exchange for 13 Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels, the country's information minister said Tuesday.Damascus typically does not comment on releases in exchange for people held by rebels.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, a powerful figure trusted by the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and its Syrian government allies, was on hand to receive the nuns early Monday.According to a UNICEF report released on Tuesday, more than half of the 2 million Syrian refugees -- about 1.2 million -- are children.
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