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Social media 'made junior doctor talks more difficult'

Negotiations on junior doctor contracts were made "more difficult" by medics voicing their opinion on social media, the government's top negotiator has sad.

Sir David Dalton, chief executive of Salford Royal NHS Trust, said comments on Facebook and Twitter had been a "huge impediment" to the talks, although he said they were not the main reason they failed.

"It's been done in a goldfish bowl of people giving real-time commentary and that makes it more difficult to create the space for negotiations," he said in comments come in the Times newspaper.

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Liverpool crash victims 'have no life-threatening injuries'

Merseyside police have confirmed that none of girls hit by a car outside a school in Liverpool are in a life-threatening condition following the incident.

All are being treated for "either serious or minor injuries", the police said.

Cold with rain in the south

Credit: Met Office

It'll be a cold day for much of the UK, with rain across many southern areas.

Spells of sleet and hill snow are possible, with a brisk easterly wind exacerbating the cold feel.

Meanwhile, a band of rain, sleet and snow across eastern Scotland will be moving slowly southwards into northeast England.

Elsewhere, it will be mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells. Temperatures will be reaching highs of 7 Celsius (45 F) in the southeast.

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Saudi Arabia insists Syria's Assad will be forced out

Adel al-Jubeir said the SYrian president would eventually be forced out of power Credit: Reuters

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has insisted Bashar al-Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future, and that Russian intervention in Assad's favour is in vain.

Adel al-Jubeir's comments come in an interview with the German newspaper newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, published on Saturday.

"It might take three months, it might take six months or three years - but he [Assad] will no longer carry responsibility for Syria. Period," al-Jubeir said.

Saudi Arabia has long said that the Syrian president must step down if Syria's conflict is to end.

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