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Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad at Deir Al-Zor, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad at Deir Al-Zor, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad at Deir Al-Zor, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Boys warm themselves around a fire in Deir Al-Zor, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout

Boys warm themselves around a fire in Deir Al-Zor, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout

Boys warm themselves around a fire in Deir Al-Zor, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Demonstrators wave Syrian opposition flags during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Al-Balad district, Deraa, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ali Abu Salah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Demonstrators wave Syrian opposition flags during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Al-Balad district, Deraa, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ali Abu Salah/Shaam News...more

Demonstrators wave Syrian opposition flags during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Al-Balad district, Deraa, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ali Abu Salah/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a scope near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a scope near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a scope near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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Youths hold banners and wave Syrian opposition flags during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Jabal Al-Zawiya near Idlib, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Noor/Shaam News Network/Handout

Youths hold banners and wave Syrian opposition flags during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Jabal Al-Zawiya near Idlib, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Noor/Shaam News...more

Youths hold banners and wave Syrian opposition flags during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Jabal Al-Zawiya near Idlib, in this picture provided by Shaam News Network and taken January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Noor/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A girl holds a placard reading, "The people want the regime to step down" during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Jabal Al-Zawiya near Idlib January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Noor/Shaam News Network/Handout

A girl holds a placard reading, "The people want the regime to step down" during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Jabal Al-Zawiya near Idlib January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Noor/Shaam News Network/Handout

A girl holds a placard reading, "The people want the regime to step down" during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Jabal Al-Zawiya near Idlib January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Noor/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A damaged car and buildings covered with snow are seen at Jouret al Shayah area in Homs January 10, 2013. Picture taken January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

A damaged car and buildings covered with snow are seen at Jouret al Shayah area in Homs January 10, 2013. Picture taken January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

A damaged car and buildings covered with snow are seen at Jouret al Shayah area in Homs January 10, 2013. Picture taken January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy
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Members of the Free Syrian Army pose with their weapons and a snowman at the Jouret al Shayah area in Homs January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Members of the Free Syrian Army pose with their weapons and a snowman at the Jouret al Shayah area in Homs January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Members of the Free Syrian Army pose with their weapons and a snowman at the Jouret al Shayah area in Homs January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy
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