Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the US decision to recognise the Syrian opposition coalition contradicts an agreement reached in Geneva in June to seek political transition in Syria.
Mr Lavrov said it appeared that the US had "placed all bets on the armed victory" of the Syrian opposition over the government forces.
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Whilst the weather may be a lot quieter here in the UK, it's a very different story for the the Mediterranean this weekend.
The RSPCA has outlined in detail its policy on the shooting of seals that attack salmon stocks "as an absolute last resort".
We started the week warm, wet and windy but it will end much cooler and brighter.