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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.

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Syria protesters greet Putin in Berlin

German Chancellor Merkel welcomes Russian President Putin before talks at Chancellery in Berlin Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Protesters have greeted Russia's President Putin in Berlin as he met the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Many carried placards and shouted slogans accusing Russia of arming and supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

The two leaders are about to hold a joint press conference.

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