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2.5 million Syrians 'need aid'

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. She urged government forces and rebels to do more to protect civilians.

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Syrian government praises China as 'non-colonisers'

Syrian government envoy Bouthaina Shaaban with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Credit: China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters

A Syrian government envoy praised China and Russia on their stance towards the 17-month conflict that has killed more than 18,000 people.

In an interview with the state-run China Daily Bouthaina Shaaban said she was happy to give officials a "real picture" of the crisis in the country. She said:

"We're happy to see countries like China and Russia, who are not colonizers or deal with people as colonisers [...] a very different stance from the West."

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