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Brazil grants visas to Syrians fleeing conflict

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 10:36am  ET

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The government says it will grant special visas to Syrians who want to leave their conflict-wracked nation and travel to Brazil.

The government's official gazette says Tuesday that the foreign ministry has been authorized to issue the visas for "humanitarian reasons," allowing Syrians affected by the conflict and the "deterioration of living conditions" to enter the South American country.

Brazil has a Syrian immigrant community estimated at about 3 million.

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