'Kofi Annan to meet President Assad on Tuesday'

The UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan will meet President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, Syria's Ikhbariya television station is reporting. There were no further details about the meeting. Mr Annan is travelling to Damascus today.

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2.5 million Syrians 'need aid'

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. She urged government forces and rebels to do more to protect civilians.