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Syria blasts kill 14, Arab monitors may stay

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(Updates Douma fighting)

  • Explosions kill 14, wound 32 on prisoner vehicle

  • Rebels battle troops in suburb of Damascus

  • Arab League and U.N. Security Council split

  • Opposition formally asks for crisis to go to U.N.

By Erika Solomon

BEIRUT, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Bombs killed at least 14 prisoners in a Syrian security vehicle on Saturday, and fierce battles erupted between rebels and state forces as the Arab League considered whether to keep monitors in place.

The League looks set to extend its monitoring mission in Syria, given the lack of any Arab or world consensus on how to halt the bloodshed there, an Arab diplomatic source said.

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