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Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:05am EST

1 of 24. A Free Syrian Army fighter jokes with a child in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections.

Credit: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

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