Wael Nader al-Halqi, a Sunni member of the ruling Baath party, has been sworn in as Syria's new Prime Minister, in a ceremony performed by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Assad appointed Wael Nader al-Halqi on Thursday, promoting him from the post of Health Minister. Halqi replaces Riad Hijab, whose defection was a humiliating blow to the regime.
Britain promised five million pounds to help opposition groups in Syria today - but stressed it would not be providing military aid.
Britain will expand its support to Syrian rebels with an extra £5 million of non-lethal practical assistance, the Foreign Secretary has said