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Syria warned over chemical arms

William Hague has said he had seen "some evidence" that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels. Declining to give details of the intelligence, he again warned that Bashar Assad's regime would face action if they were deployed.

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Syria's new Prime Minister is sworn in

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.

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