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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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Rebels return fire as Syrian jets bomb border town

Syrian rebels fired machineguns mounted on the back of pick-up trucks into the air as jets flown by forces loyal to President Assad resumed bombing raids on the border town of Ras al-Ain.

The planes dropped three bombs, a Reuters witness said, before returning for a second strike on another part of the town, which is metres from Turkey.

The second day of bombings caused residents on the Turkish side to scurry for cover.

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