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Syria 'sending mixed messages'


Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has told the Un's secretary general that military operations against protesters have "stopped".

Patrick Seale, veteran journalist who wrote a biography of President Assad, explains that while he is "giving some ground" the president "will never give up Syria's sovereignty or dignity".

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