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Assad regime 'controlling Damascus'

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Opposition activists in Syria have accused the government of killing more than 300 people near Damascus.

The Foreign Office says if the reports are true, it would "be an atrocity on a new scale".

President Assad has called the uprising "a foreign plot".

The BBC's Cairo correspondent Jon Leyne has the latest and the LSE's Prof Fawaz Gerges analyses the situation in the country.


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