Assad sworn in for third term as Syrian president

July 17, 2014 8:57 AM

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Assad sworn in for third term as Syrian president

Says Arab Spring dead, with world’s focus on militants

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad declared victory over those who had sought to overthrow him as he embarked Wednesday on a third term in office, buoyed by a growing extremist threat in the region that has helped cement his hold on power.

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