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Posted: December 15, 2012 at 3:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have never changed our position and will not change it.” Alexander Lukashevich, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, which sought to distance itself from comments a day earlier by its Middle East envoy that the Syrian rebels may defeat President Bashar Assad Article, 1A

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