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Canada closes embassy in Syria

TORONTO (AP) – Canada has closed its embassy in Syria because of the crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s government.

Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesman Chris Day said Monday the country has pulled its people out and the embassy and consulate are closed.

Britain, the United States and France also have closed their embassies in Syria.

Canada has been advising its citizens to leave for some time.

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