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US tornado toll soars towards 300

TUSCALOOSA—(UPDATE) Shocked Americans struggled Thursday to grasp the magnitude of the worst US tornadoes in decades, which carved a trail of destruction across the south, claiming at least 295 lives.

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10 dead as storms ravage US Midwest

WASHINGTON—(UPDATE) Severe storms that ripped through the central United States left at least 10 people dead in the state of Arkansas, as authorities Tuesday warned of "historic" flooding and urged people immediately to move to higher ground.

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Tornadoes swipe Missouri, close St Louis airport

Tornadoes and high winds tore through the midwest state of Missouri leaving a swath of destruction and badly damaging St. Louis' airport forcing it to close, officials said Saturday.

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Syria president scraps decades-old emergency rule

DAMASCUS--Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signed a decree to lift almost five decades of draconian emergency rule on Thursday, as a protest movement that has rocked his regime called further demonstrations.

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Syria leader dashes hopes of fast end to emergency rule

DAMASCUS—President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday blamed conspirators for unrest sweeping Syria and dashed hopes of an end to decades of emergency rule in his first speech since protests erupted two weeks ago.

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