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Wife of Syria’s Assad says she is free of cancer

In a state TV interview, Asma Assad sported a short blonde bob and flashed a wide smile.

Asma Assad (Syrian Presidency Facebook page via AP)
Asma Assad (Syrian Presidency Facebook page via AP)

The wife of Syria’s president has said that a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she is now “completely” free of the disease.

Asma Assad, born in 1975, has gone public with her diagnosis – a rare declaration in the Arab world, where prominent figures often conceal their ailments.

Mrs Assad appeared at a military hospital, at times with husband Bashar Assad by her side.

She continued her public activities, appearing with covered hair.

In a state TV interview, Mrs Assad sported a short blonde bob and flashed a wide smile.

She encouraged women to go for regular check-ups.

The Assads have continued to present themselves as modern, forward-looking leaders, even as Syria has been convulsed by civil war ignited by a rebellion against the family’s decades-long rule.

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