1. Asylum

    Report: Assad Scopes Out South America

    Syria President Bashar al-Assad addresses reporters following his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

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    Syria’s ambassador to Venezuela has denied reports that President Bashar al-Assad is thinking of fleeing to Latin America. Haaretz had reported that Syria’s deputy foreign minister held meetings in Cuba, Venezuela, and Ecuador last week and that he brought personal letters from Assad to the country’s leaders. But Syria’s ambassador to Venezuela said: “It is not worth honoring these claims with a response. You can ask our Venezuelan counterparts. In several interviews Assad has said he was born in Syria and will die in Syria. Right now he is not afraid. He is in a strong position. There is no probability that this news is true.”

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