The Chancellor has begun a speech about banking reforms, telling traders at JP Morgan in Bournemouth: "2013 is the year we reset the banking system."
George Osborne said he would increase the powers of the Bank of England, giving it "supercop" status.
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The UN has said it is deeply concerned by reports hundreds of Syrian men have disappeared amid a mass exodus from rebel-held areas.
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