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Syrian economy takes a hit as uprising, sanctions start to bite

Reuters reported on Friday that the uprising that began earlier this year has damaged the Syrian economy, with investment taking a hit, tourist numbers falling, businesses laying off workers and the West stepping up sanctions on the Assad family and some of their business partners. Meanwhile, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed eight people overnight.

Read the full story here and read AFP's interview with the governor of the Central Bank here.