Putin visits UK for Syria talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet David Cameron at Downing Street today for talks on the Syrian crisis. After the meeting, the President will visit the ExCel centre to watch the Olympic judo competition.

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Reports: Obama authorises covert aid to Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama has signed a secret "intelligence finding" authorising covert aid to Syrian rebels seeking to depose President Bashar Assad and his government, NBC News has reported.

According to Reuters, President Obama's order, approved earlier this year, broadly permits the CIA and other US agencies to provide support that could help rebels oust President Assad.

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