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Assad appeals to emerging powers for help

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — President Bashar Assad of Syria beseeched a five-nation group of emerging powers Wednesday to help halt the Syrian conflict, one day after the Arab League moved to further isolate Assad by ceremoniously filling his government’s vacant seat with the opposition coalition that has sworn to topple him.

In a letter addressed to the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — which are called the BRICS group of developing nations and which convened a summit in Durban, South Africa — Assad sought to frame his request as a plea for assistance in the fight of good against evil. He depicted the opposition forces as terrorists bent on destroying Syria with help from a conspiracy of hostile Arab and Western countries.

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