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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.

Tens of thousands continue to flee war-torn Syria

The people of Aleppo in Syria are going to take some convincing that a truce will actually happen.

Much of the city is in ruins after five years of fighting and President Bashar al-Assad is making rapid ground with his Russian-backed assault.

Many continue to flee the war-torn country, for whom any ceasefire would come too late.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:

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Rosetta mission team: Philae probe is officially dead

Video report by ITV News' science correspondent Alok Jha:

Rosetta Mission scientists have officially given up trying to contact the Philae probe which landed on Comet 67P, 300 million miles from earth, in November 2014.

The probe did manage to send back some data after its initial historic, rocky landing and was transmitting valuable information for about 60 hours but since then it has been mainly silent.

Now scientists believe it is buried in dust and too cold to start operating again.

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462 cases of Zika-linked virus confirmed in Brazil

More than 400 cases of microcephaly, a condition linked to the Zika virus, have been confirmed in Brazil and thousands more are being investigated.

The country said it had 462 confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby's head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.

It is investigating a further 3,852 cases of the condition.

Police: Eight girls hurt in collision outside school

Six of the eight girls injured in the collision outside a school in Liverpool sustained serious injuries, police have said.

Merseyside Police said seven girls, aged 11-13, and a 16-year-old girl were taken to hospital after they were in collision with a car outside Belvedere Academy.

A force spokesman said none of the of the injuries are described as critical or life-threatening.

Six of the girls were taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries including a head injury, a fractured hip and broken arms and legs.

Two others, including the 16-year-old, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The Academy earlier confirmed six of its students were involved in the collision. It is not known whether the two other girls who were injured were pupils at the school.

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