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Assad regrets Turkey incident

President Assad says he wishes Syrian forces had not shot down a Turkish jet last month, adding that he won't allow tensions with Turkey to turn into open combat.

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Russia will not attend Friday's 'Friends of Syria' meeting

Russia will not send a representative to a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" in Paris on Friday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

"Russia was invited. It let it be known that it did not want to participate, which was not a surprise," Fabius said after a meeting with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle.

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