President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma cast their votes at a polling station in Maliki, in Damascus, in the country's presidential elections on June 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HO/THE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE SYRIAN REPUBLIC
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Syrian President Bashar Assad declared a general amnesty Monday for prisoners in the country, state media reported.It was not clear how many -- if any -- prisoners would be freed after the presidential decree, issued just five days after Assad had won a third, seven-year term in office amid the 3-year-old civil war in his country. Monday, activists said fighting between rival jihadi groups in an oil-rich eastern Syrian province bordering Iraq had killing at least 45 fighters in two days.Such infighting has weakened the Syrian opposition's resolve to overthrow Assad.
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