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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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Activists: At least 12 killed in Syrian air attack

At least a dozen people died in today's air strikes by Syrian warplanes along the Turkish frontier, according to opposition activists.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll from the bombing of the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain at 12, including seven Islamist militant fighters.

Syrian grassroots opposition group, the Local Coordination Committees, said 16 people had died.

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