In an image taken by a citizen journalist and provided by Shaam News Network, protesters in the Syrian village of Maaret Harma in Edlib province march against the regime of President Bashar Assad, Aug. 26. The government has banned most foreign journalists in the country and is continuing a brutal crackdown on anti-government activists.
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During a recent trip to Syria, I managed to sneak away from my minders one night and spend an evening with a man in the capital, Damascus, who's an IT engineer by day and an activist by night.
I was able to see up close that protesting in Syria is not just a matter of raising your fist. It's a matter of life and death.
Let's start this story with how I was able to meet the activist.
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If you're overweight, the best way to spend your limited time exercising is aerobic activity, a researcher says.
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Weight training is touted as the cure for many ills. But if the goal is to lose belly fat, aerobic exercise is the only way to go, exercise scientists say.
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