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Russia insists Assad will not leave

Foreign minister won’t press Syria

BEIRUT — President Bashar Assad of Syria “is not bluffing” about his determination to stay in power, Russia’s foreign minister said in comments broadcast Friday, as the United Nations said arrangements were made for the release of 21 UN peacekeepers held by rebels.

Also, the World Food Program said it aims to feed 2.5 million Syrians by next month, up from 1.7 million now. Need has risen as more Syrians are displaced by the civil war and as the country’s economy disintegrates in the face of the chaos.

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