Syrian president to address parliament

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BEIRUT (AP) — State-run Syrian television says President Bashar Assad is expected to give a speech in front of the country’s parliament, a rare public appearance as Damascus confronts rising international condemnation over its crackdown on the 15-month uprising. Assad’s last speech was on January 10. His comments expected at midday Sunday will be the first since the massacre a week ago in the central region of Houla that killed more than 100 people, nearly half of them children. The opposition and the government have exchanged accusations over the killings, each blaming the other. Activists say as many as 13,000 people have died in Syria’s unrest. One year after the revolt began, the U.N….

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