Battles rage in eastern Syria, activists say

Syrians walk on a street decorated with campaign posters of the June 3 presidential election in Damascus, Syria, Monday, May 12, 2014. The Arabic, top center, reads, "Let's fight corruption, Hassan al-Nouri, June 4, 2014." The one, center, reads, "Damascus spreads flowers for the loyal Bashar." On billboards and in posters taped to car windows, new portraits of President Bashar Assad filled the streets of Damascus on Sunday as Syria officially opened its presidential campaign despite a crippling civil war that has devastated the country and left large chunks of territory outside of government control. Assad faces two other candidates in the race: Maher Hajjar and Hassan al-Nouri, both members of the so-called internal opposition tolerated by the government. (AP Photo)