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Before Syria's ruinous civil war struck Aleppo, the country's largest city was a busy commercial powerhouse and a proud historic center - its long heritage on display in ancient landmarks still used by modern day traders, travelers or worshippers. The rebels hoped their march into Aleppo marked the beginning of the end for President Bashar al-Assad, while the government in Damascus pledged to swiftly drive them out.
By David Milliken and Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's trade deficit narrowed more than expected in October but overall there was little sign exports were getting much help from sterling's fall since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June, data showed on Friday. The trade deficit in October narrowed to 1.971 billion pounds from 5.812 billion pounds in September, the narrowest figure since May. The deficit in goods alone was lower than all forecasts in a Reuters poll. The Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday it had been misclassifying trade in gold since January 2015.