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Syria’s Assad orders release of detainees

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state-run television said on Thursday that President Bashar Assad has ordered the release of hundreds of detainees involved in the month-long pro-reform protests.

The report said most of those arrested in the protests, except those involved in "criminal acts," will be released.

The release order is the latest concession by Mr. Assad to try to calm anti-government protests that began a month ago in the tightly controlled Middle Eastern country.

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