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Activists say at least 100,000 killed in Syria war

BEIRUT — More than 100,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian conflict over two years ago, an activist group said Wednesday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been tracking the death toll in the conflict through a network of activists in Syria, released its death toll at a time when hopes for a negotiated settlement to end the civil war are fading. It said it had tallied a total of 100,191 deaths over the 27 months of the conflict, but Observatory chief Rami Abdul-Rahman said he expected the real number was higher as neither side was totally forthcoming about its losses. Of the dead, 36,661 are civilians, the group said. On the government…