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Assad rules out talks with Syrian rebels
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yrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime said it's not interested in talking with rebels until they're beaten, the latest sign that Assad is willing to let many more die to reassert his control in the unraveling country. "There will be no dialogue with the opposition prior to the Syrian army's imposition of security and stability in all parts of the country," Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi told reporters on Monday. The harsh rhetoric comes a day after activist groups said 5,000 people were killed in August, the deadliest month in the 18-month-old civil war.

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