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Refugees-turned-language teachers learn new life

RIO DE JANEIRO: When Hadi Bakkour fled Syria's civil war, he lost almost everything except one precious gift that gave him new life on the other side of the world: his language. Bakkour, 22, escaped Aleppo in 2014 for fear he'd be forced to serve in President Bashar al-Assad's army fighting for control of the city. He had to abandon his family and his economics studies. But three years later in Rio de Janeiro, he is one of two dozen teachers employed by a Brazilian language school where all the instructors are current…

Russia says it aims to ‘liberate’ Syria under Assad

MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Saturday said its military intervention in Syria aims to liberate the war-torn nation's territory from militants while keeping President Bashar al-Assad in power. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in an interview with Rossiya-1 national television set to air on Saturday evening said there were only two possible outcomes for the Syrian conflict -- either Assad remains in power or jihadists take over. "Either Assad is in Damascus, or Al-Nusra is," he said, referring to former Al-Qaeda affiliate, the…