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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 newly announced truces "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 Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somaliland risks descending into famine amid a severe drought that has killed thousands of livestock, an international aid agency warned on Friday, adding there were reports of some women being set upon by hyenas after collapsing from hunger. "Many people are saying it's the worst drought in memory," said Mary Griffin, spokeswoman for Islamic Relief, who visited the region this month. Adan Shariff Gabow, Islamic Relief's manager for Puntland, neighbouring Somaliland, said there were cases in Somaliland of women attacked by starving hyenas.
Pablo Carreno Busta prevented an all-French semi-final at the Estoril Open by putting out tournament top seed Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. The upset sent eighth seed Carreno Busta into a Saturday semi against French third seed Benoit Paire, a winner over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 in a hard-fought showdown on the clay. Carreno Busta is into his second semi-final of the season.