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Hague condemns Syria killings

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the reported killing of 85 people in Damascus by Syrian forces as "another reminder of the callous brutality of the Assad regime."

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EU eases oil sanctions on Syria to help rebels

European Union governments have agreed to ease sanctions on Syria to allow for purchases of crude from the opposition, in the hope of throwing a financial lifeline to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

Under the new rules European importers can buy oil from suppliers approved by an opposition umbrella group.

The decision was taken at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg this afternoon.

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