**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma arrive July 13, 2008, for a formal dinner after a Mediterranean Summit meeting at the Petit Palais in Paris. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma arrive July 13, 2008, for a formal dinner after a Mediterranean Summit meeting at the Petit Palais in Paris. (Associated Press)