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Syria’s Assad blasts U.S. sanctions during speech

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that sweeping new U.S. sanctions amounted to a new stage of economic warfare against his government and were part of Washington’s long-standing efforts to “choke” Syrians’ living standards. In a speech to deputies at the presidential palace, Assad also blamed the sanctions, known …

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Dwarf planet Ceres is an ‘ocean world,’ NASA finds

Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an “ocean world” with a big reservoir of salty water under its frigid surface, scientists said in findings that raise interest in this dwarf planet as a possible outpost for life. Research published Monday based on data …

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