BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, which has been fighting a full fledged civil war with several rebel factions for the last three years, took time to approved a bill on Tuesday to create a "Syrian Space Agency."

The state news agency SANA did not specify what the agency would do, but said it was "of a scientific research nature."

Some 140,000 people, including 7,000 children, have been killed in Syria in an armed revolt that began after security forces used violence to crush peaceful protests against 40 years of Assad family rule.

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