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Reform hinges on Syria’s leader

The president known as Dr. Bashar likes to dine out. An eye doctor by training, Bashar Assad is often spotted with his wife and three kids in the homier restaurants of the Syrian capital. The lanky 39-year-old leader is working on his English and occasionally raves to guests about his digital music player. When he took over the country from his late father in 2000, he told newspapers to stop calling him “immortal leader” and said he had no interest in the cult of personality that had plastered the landscape with statues and photos of his father. Full Story

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