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US open to Syrian rebel talks

President Obama has said he was "encouraged to see the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group" but has warned he was not prepared to recognise the group as a "government in exile."

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Syrians flee for Turkey as border town is bombed

Scores of Syrians have scrambled to cross the border fence into Turkey after the town of Ras al-Ain was bombed by a fighter jet flown by forces loyal to President Assad, a Reuters witness has said.

The bombing sent up huge plumes of black smoke as Assad forces tried to wrest control of the area back from rebels, the witness said.

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