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Blast near Damascus kills 16, state media say

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency said Thursday that a bomb blast near a school in a Damascus suburb killed 16 people, at least half of them women and children. The deputy foreign minister of Russia, one of Syria's most important international allies, said Syrian President Bashar Assad is increasingly losing control and the opposition may win. It was the first acknowledgement by Moscow that Assad faces a likely defeat.

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