Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was mobbed by supporters after his speech in Damascus today where he called the opposition "puppets" of the West.
ITV News Middle East correspondent John Ray reports:
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The United States has sanctioned 271 Syrian government employees in response to Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.
Weather warning in force across central and northern Scotland until 9am Tuesday morning.
We're all narcissists now (aren't we) so it must be OK for me to see the prism of UK politics through my two stints as a political editor.