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Timeline: Unrest in Syria

POSTED: 4:19 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 10:32 AM Sep 23 2014

The U.S. and several Arab nations have begun airstrikes in Syria -- the latest chapter in a bloody civil war. Learn about the major events in the country's tumultuous uprising.

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March 2011 -- The first major protests in Syria begin with a "Day of Dignity" in Damascus, demanding the release of political prisoners. A number of people are shot dead by security forces at a similar protest in Daraa, leading to clashes and unrest.

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What's up with this dress?

Overheard in the CNN newsroom: "Choose your answer wisely. Our friendship hangs in the balance."

Here and everywhere, people are debating the all-important question that has all but taken over Twitter: What color is this dress?

Some see white and gold. Others see blue and black. There's no middle ground.

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Basketball teams banned for throwing game

Two major high school girls basketball teams have been banned from postseason play after allegedly throwing a game.

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NYPD using Patrick Swayze movie for training

The New York City Police Department has apparently turned to a Patrick Swayze cult classic to help teach its officers how to treat civilians.

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Giant catfish caught in Italian river

Catfish come in all varieties, shapes and sizes, some big and some small.

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Pope Francis irks Mexico

The choice of a word by Pope Francis has drawn ire from Mexico's government. And on Wednesday, the Vatican told Mexico that the Pontiff meant no offense.

In a private email to a friend, Francis had lamented increased drug trafficking in his native Arg...

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