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Syria Sees Possible Thaw with Washington

Syria anticipates a possible easing in its strained ties with the United States during President Bush’s second term, despite hostile language from U.S. officials, a government minister said on Thursday. Washington, which slapped sanctions on Damascus in May, views authoritarian Syria as a sponsor of terrorism and accuses it of failing to stop anti-U.S. guerrillas from entering Iraq. But Information Minister Mahdi Dakhl-Allah told Reuters in an interview in London that Damascus took as a good sign constructive talks with U.S. officials earlier this month. Full Story

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