The Syrian government has agreed to the proposal of Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi replacing Kofi Annan as the UN Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict.
Brahimi has yet to accept or reject the post, Annan's spokesman said.
Former Syrian prime minister Riyad Hijab says that the Assad regime is an "enemy of God" in his first public appearance since his defection.
A Syrian warplane crashed in flames in disputed circumstances after rebels claim to have shot down the jet and captured its pilot.
Syrian Prime Minister and three other Cabinet ministers defect to Jordan