Barack Obama has declared Syria's main opposition group the sole "legitimate representative" of its country's people, deeming the move "a big step" in the international diplomatic efforts to end Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime.
Mr Obama told ABC News that the newly formed Syrian Opposition Council "is now inclusive enough" to be granted the elevated status, which paves the way for greater US and international support for the organisation.
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Portman was due to receive the award in Israel in June and said that her reasons for skipping the ceremony were solely due to Mr Netanyahu.
Analysis of Department for Work and Pensions data found the average man receives £153.86 a week and the average woman receives £125.98.
The country says it is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy.