President Assad said that the rebels in Syria are "bunch of criminals" who carry the "ideology of al-Qaeda". He added that Syria will remain a free and sovereign country.
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The boy was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital where he died.
The victim, who was wearing her uniform at the time, was found knocking on doors nearly four hours after she was abducted.
There will be gales across Scotland and northern England this morning, but these will gradually ease through the afternoon.