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Syria cancels sugar tender

An urgent tender to buy sugar by Syria has been cancelled on Monday, two weeks after cancelling a bid to buy wheat, the latest signs that President Bashar Al-Assad's government is losing its ability to buy food as civil war destroys its harvests, Reuters has reported. Syria offered to pay for the food with funds held in frozen bank accounts abroad, but the failures suggest those offers have been rejected by international traders, raising questions over how Assad's government can pay for food imports in the future, the report said.