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Syria holds controversial wartime presidential vote

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Syrians voted Tuesday in a presidential election in which Bashar al-Assad is looking to tighten his grip on power as his forces battle rebels in a devastating three-year war. 

A Syrian man casts his ballot holding a placard bearing a portrait of current President Bashar al-Assad during the presidential election on June 3, 2014 at a polling station in Damascus

Assad faces two little-known challengers and is expected to win, despite a massive rebellion and a war the UN has warned is likely to drag on even longer as a result of the vote.

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