Syria buries victims of contested bombing

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By Alistair Lyon

BEIRUT, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Crowds waving Syrian flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad gathered on Saturday to bury 26 people who the authorities said were killed by a suicide bomber at a busy Damascus crossroads.

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