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Syria's ruling party elects new command amid war

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BEIRUT (AP) -

Syrian TV says President Bashar Assad's ruling Baath party has elected a new regional command.

   The state-run TV says the new command, which is the party's top decision-making body, was chosen Monday during a meeting of the party's central committee.

   The largely symbolic reshuffle came amid calls by party members to elect a younger command to replace its aging leaders.

   The Baath party has been ruling Syrian since 1963.

   The meeting was scheduled to take place earlier but was postponed because of the violence engulfing the country as the two-year uprising continues.

   Assad's forces are now in an offensive to retake territory seized by rebels. A Syrian official said Monday that the army had recaptured the rebel-held district of Khaldiyeh in the central city of Homs.

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