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The Syrian government mobilized people loyal to President Bashar Assad at rallies across the country Tuesday, including a massive gathering in Damascus, to show that the embattled leader's regime has wide support. The same day, Mr. Assad fired his Cabinet and promised an end to emergency laws in an attempt to placate dissenters. (Associated Press)

The Syrian government mobilized people loyal to President Bashar Assad at rallies across the country Tuesday, including a massive gathering in Damascus, to show that the embattled leader's regime has wide support. The same day, Mr. Assad fired his Cabinet and promised an end to emergency laws in an attempt to placate dissenters. (Associated Press)

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