• UK doctor’s body returned to family


    DAMASCUS: The body of a British doctor who died in Syrian custody was handed over to his family and British officials in Lebanon on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as relatives said the regime killed him.

    Human Rights Watch also piled the pressure on Syrian authorities, accusing the government of “wreaking disaster” in deadly air raids on second city Aleppo.

    On the diplomatic front, peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with the foreign minister of Syria’s ally Iran, after negotiators failed to agree on a role for Tehran in a peace conference.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross said doctor Abbas Khan’s body was brought out of Syria and given to his family and British officials in Beirut.

    “The British Embassy in Lebanon is expected to rapidly fly the body to London,” a statement said.



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