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Assad wins Syrian election with '88.7% of vote'

President Bashar al-Assad has won the Syrian presidential election with 88.7% of the vote, according to the parliament's speaker.

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Election day shelling for Syrians in rebel areas

Syrians living inside government controlled areas went to vote in a ballot described as a "parody of democracy" today while shelling continued in rebel controlled areas.

President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven year term in office, but the bloody civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions of his citizens seems no closer to ending, as Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports.

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