A man, who survived what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that didn't explode, sits in front of his damaged house in old Aleppo June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib
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Syria's exiled opposition slammed President Bashar Assad's election to a new seven-year term as "illegitimate" Thursday, vowing to push on in its uprising.Tuesday's election was held only in government-controlled areas.Weary opposition activists said the election was likely to prolong the conflict, which has also sparked an exodus abroad of nearly 3 million refugees.Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations slammed the election, saying Assad had no future in Syria.French President Francois Hollande said more than 30 French fighters had already died on the Syrian battlefront. Almost 800 French citizens are believed to have signed up to fight Assad's regime.
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