Thousands of scrapped taxis are pictured at a yard in the center of China's Chongqing city on March 4. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities as the country's long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket purchases such as cars. China may surpass the US this year to become the largest car market in the world. AFP/Newscom
Aiming to put pressure on Damascus, the Syrian rebels, believed to include some CIA-trained fighters as well some from Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, have captured a string of towns from Assad's forces in the south.
ByBassem Mroue, Associated Press
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Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power