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A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbor Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. "Syria is gone.
Asian markets rebounded Tuesday after the previous day's rout fuelled by concerns about Greece's future in the eurozone while Shanghai surged at the end of a volatile day that saw wild swings. Hong Kong jumped 1.09 percent, or 283.05 points, to 26,250.03.