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    Syria’s Assad Rejects Resignation Calls

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, Syrians walk past an attached poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, at a popular market in Damascus, Syria. Syria has bounced back from years of international isolation and is wielding its influence in crises around the Middle East, shrugging off U.S. attempts to pull it away from its alliances with Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Bassem Tellawi, File / AP Photo

    Syria’s Bashar al-Assad doesn’t plan to become another Muammar Gaddafi: he rejected calls for his resignation in a state-TV interview Sunday night and warned foreign countries against an intervention. "Any action against Syria will have greater consequences than they can tolerate," he said. "First because of Syria's geopolitical location, and second because of Syrian capabilities." Assad also said he was working to reintroduce a multiparty system and elections could be held in February.

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