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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2007 file photo, Asma Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, attends an exhibition at the National Museum in Damascus. The 20-day exhibition titled "a sea of jewels," was organized by the Italian Institute of Culture in Damascus, the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums of Syria and the National Archeological Museum of Naples. Syria’s top antiquities official is calling for U.N. intervention and cooperation from neighboring countries to halt the illicit trafficking of its artifacts as the 23-month civil war rages on. (AP Photo Bassem Tellawi, File)

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