Kofi Annan invites countries to join Syria Action Group

The UN envoy to Syria Kofi Annan says he has invited the five permanent members of the Security Council to join an Action Group on Syria. These countries are the UK, US, China, Russia and France.

Mr Annan has also invited the European Union, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar. There was no mention of Iran.

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Syria will 'eliminate terror'

Syria's President Assad said his government had a duty to "eliminate terrorists" to protect its people. He also ruled out any solution to the crisis imposed from outside the country.