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In what is a huge blow to Syria's President Assad, his most senior diplomat in the UK has quit his post.
Khaled al-Ayoubi, the Syrian charge d'affaires in London, told British authorities he was "no longer willing" to represent his government, because of its "violent and oppressive actions."
He is currently staying at what is is being described as a safe location in the UK.
It is the latest in a string of high profile defections to hit President Assad. Our Senior Political Correspondent Chris Ship reports on this story.