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A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 16, 2014, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being sworn in for a new seven-year term, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Damascus. Assad, 48, won a June election denounced as a "farce" by his detractors as it was staged more than three years into a devastating war that has killed more than 170,000 people and uprooted millions.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on July 16, 2014, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being sworn in for a new seven-year term, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Damascus. Assad, 48, won a June election denounced as a "farce" by his detractors as it was staged more than three years into a devastating war that has killed more than 170,000 people and uprooted millions.

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Bashar al-Assad sworn in for 7-year term

Despite ongoing chaos in his country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun another 7-year term.

Bashar al-Assad sworn in for 7-year term

Despite ongoing chaos in his country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun another 7-year term.