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Assad warns of ‘domino effect’ if regime falls

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in comments broadcast on Friday that the fall of his regime or the breakup of his nation will cause a ‘‘domino effect’’ that will fuel Middle East instability for years, in his sharpest warning yet about the potential fallout of his country’s civil war on neighboring states.

In Moscow, Russia’s president said the Syrian conflict has become ‘‘a massacre’’ that must be stopped through peace talks, and repeated the Kremlin’s firm rejection of calls for Assad’s ouster.

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