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By James Oliphant MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - A week ago, it looked like the stars were aligning for Marco Rubio. Now, as New Hampshire holds its pivotal primary on Tuesday, the Republican presidential contender has to hope the sky does not come crashing down on him. After a surprisingly strong third-place showing in last week’s Iowa caucuses, Rubio came into New Hampshire hoping for a top-tier finish in the state to buttress his argument he is the candidate around whom the party establishment should rally.
At least eight people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded at a police officer's club in the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said about 20 people had also been wounded, adding that policemen were among the dead and injured. Syrian state television also reported the blast, initially saying it had hit a vegetable market in the Masaken Barzeh district in northern Damascus.