Palestinian laborers work on a new housing project at the Israeli settlement of Har Homa in East Jerusalem. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) bids farewell to Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri after three-hour talks at the presidential palace in Damascus late last year. Hariri is planning another visit, despite the widespread belief in Lebanon that Syria ordered his father's assassination in 2005, a charge Syria denies. Bassem Tellawi/AP hide caption

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