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Syrians watch President Bashar Assad on television as he addresses parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Assad, giving his first speech to the nation since anti-government protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab state, blamed "conspirators" for trying to destroy the country. The speech was seen as a crucial test for Mr. Assad's leadership and one that may determine Syria's future. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Syrians watch President Bashar Assad on television as he addresses parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Assad, giving his first speech to the nation since anti-government protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab state, blamed "conspirators" for trying to destroy the country. The speech was seen as a crucial test for Mr. Assad's leadership and one that may determine Syria's future. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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