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A student holds a sign with a picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a protest by a students' national union against possible U.S. military action in Syria, in Brasilia September 6, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Syria's Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

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