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Posted: October 23, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “None of us are going to prejudge or precondition what they will choose to do in that process.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said he is confident the Western-backed coalition of Syrian rebels will agree to participate in talks with members of President Bashar Assad’s government

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