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By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT - (Reuters) - Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in fighting the United Nations said showed "monstrous disregard" for civilian lives. The French charity Medecins sans Frontieres, which supported the hospital, said on Friday the death toll had risen to at least 50, including six medics. A Syrian military source said Aleppo was excluded from the latest truce "because in Aleppo there are terrorists who have not stopped hitting the city and its residents ... There are a large number of martyrs in Aleppo which is why the situation is different there".
By Doina Chiacu and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence will endorse Republican White House hopeful Ted Cruz on Friday ahead of the state's primary next week, media outlets reported, while front-runner Donald Trump looked to California after demonstrations at a rally there on Thursday. Cruz hopes a win in Indiana's presidential nominating contest on Tuesday will help him deprive Trump of delegates to the Republican National Convention in July and keep Trump from securing the nomination for the Nov. 8 general election. Cruz, who has lost primaries in Northeastern states, told reporters on Friday that he did not know if Pence would endorse him but said he respected the governor, whose approval ratings fell in 2015 after he signed controversial "religious freedom" legislation.