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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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No word on casualties after Syrian warplane attack

There remains no word on casualties after a Syrian warplane bombed the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain, barely metres from the Turkish border.

The attack sent scores of Syrian civilians rushing for safety in the neighbouring country.

Helicopters also strafed targets near the town, which fell to rebels on Thursday.

A Reuters reporter in Ceylanpinar - the Turkish settlement that borders Ras al-Ain - said the warplane flew right along the border and appeared at one point to have entered Turkish airspace.

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