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Russia offers help on Syria-rebel talks

Opposition cool, insists Assad must go

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

Russia and the Arab League proposed Wednesday to broker talks between the Syrian opposition and President Bashar Assad’s regime to try to resolve the country’s civil war, while a government airstrike on a Damascus suburb killed at least 20 people.

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