British firms can sell 4x4s to Syria

UK firms have been granted licences to export bulletproof cars to Syria, MPs have been told.

A licence for armoured 4x4s was among the export permits which remain open despite President Bashar Assad's brutal repression of opposition in the country.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the UK had one of the world's toughest arms control regimes and there was no evidence UK-supplied equipment had been used to crush protests in Syria.

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Annan: Syria accepts peace plan

Syria has accepted the UN-Arab League peace plan, according to the envoy to the country Kofi Annan. The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has visited the former rebel stronghold of Baba Amr.