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  6/6/2012, Sivan 16, 5772

New Prime Minister for Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has named Riyad Hijab as his new prime minister in what may be the waning days of his administration. More than 13,500 Syrians – mostly civilians – have been killed in the growing civil war that began in March 2011 with the Arab Spring uprising, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.