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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a rare public appearance, President Bashar Assad on Wednesday visited displaced Syrians in a frontline suburb of the country's capital, where he vowed to keep up the fight against gunmen whom he blamed for driving people from their homes, state TV said.
Barcelona attacking midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes possession will be the key to preventing Manchester City from producing a historic comeback in their Champions League last 16, second leg on Wednesday. No team in the Champions League era has ever come back after losing the first leg 2-0 at home, but that is what City must do to reach the last eight after Lionel Messi's penalty and a late strike from Dani Alves gave Barca a commanding advantage at the Etihad three weeks ago. Barcelona's hopes of retaining their La Liga title have taken a huge blow since returning from Manchester as consecutive away defeats to Real Sociedad and Valladolid have left them four points behind Real Madrid.