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Syria frees dozens more women in hostage deal

Syrian authorities have freeddozens of women prisoners and cleared a prominent young bloggerfor release in one of the final stages of a three-way hostagedeal, a monitoring group said on Thursday.
President Bashar Assad's government has released 61 womenover the past two days as part of the Qatari- andTurkish-brokered deal, the British-based Syrian Observatory forHuman Rights said.

A Syrian court also granted amnesty to Tal al-Mallohi, ablogger arrested while in her late teens more than a year beforethe revolt in Syria began in March 2011, the Observatory said.

Mallohi, the grand-daughter of a former minister, wasdetained for political writing in 2009. The pro-oppositionObservatory said her release was imminent.

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