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Uprising battle in Damascus:
BEIRUT -- Syrian government forces attacked rebels with helicopter gunships in the heart of Damascus on Tuesday, illustrating the rebels' growing reach. Cracks of gunfire and explosions echoed inside the capital a third day in an unprecedented challenge to government rule in President Bashar Assad's seat of power.
Israel nears political crisis:
JERUSALEM -- Israel plunged toward a political crisis Tuesday after the largest party in the government quit, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in charge of a hard-line coalition opposed to most Mideast peace moves. The moderate Kadima Party voted to pull out of the government in a feud over attempts to reform the military draft.
Egypt court delays key ruling:
CAIRO -- A court Tuesday postponed issuing a key ruling on whether a Muslim Brotherhood-led panel tasked with writing Egypt's new constitution is legal, after Islamists protested outside the court and squabbled with rival lawyers inside. The case effectively determines who oversees the process for writing the constitution.
Greek cuts 'almost impossible':
ATHENS, Greece -- The head of a party in Greece's new coalition government on Tuesday said the country's recession made it "almost impossible" for it to achieve the $14.1 billion in cuts over the next two years demanded by its rescue creditors. Socialist party leader and former Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos made the comment in a radio interview.
Alabama gunman in custody:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A gunman stood outside a crowded downtown bar and opened fire from two different positions early Tuesday, sending patrons running or crawling for cover in a chaotic and bloody scene. At least 17 people were hurt as bullets ricocheted and debris, glass and brick fell in and around the nightclub.
Airman: Trainer attacked her:
SAN ANTONIO -- A female Air Force airman testified that a basic training instructor sexually assaulted her in his office at a Texas base and told her to keep quiet. The woman told jurors at Staff Sgt. Luis Walker's court-martial Tuesday he ignored her pleas to stop in his Lackland Air Force Base office. She is the first of 10 alleged victims to testify.
Police: Kennedy was swaying:
ARMONK, N. …