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Syria calls June 3 presidential election

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Syria has announced it will hold a June 3 presidential election, expected to return Bashar al-Assad to office, as fresh claims emerged of his regime's use of chemical weapons. 

Syrian men stand on a street covered in rubble as flames rise from buildings following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces on April 20, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo

Syria's first presidential election -- after constitutional amendments scrapped a referendum system -- is to go ahead despite violence which has killed 150,000 people since March 2011.

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