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Defiant Assad determined to ‘face the storm’ in Syria

Refusal to leave puts US-Russia talks in doubt

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday that he will not step down and will instead ‘‘face the storm,’’ raising new doubts about a US-Russian effort to get him and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country’s civil war.

In Damascus, meanwhile, a powerful explosion went off in the capital’s Ruken al-Deen neighborhood, killing three people and wounding five, Syrian state TV reported. It said the blast was caused by a car bomb and that experts were dismantling other explosives in the area.

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