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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