BOMB KILLS TOP SYRIAN GOVERNMENT STAFF

A BOMB blast in Damascus killed key staff in Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime yesterday, including his defence minister Dawoud Rajiha (pictured) and his brother-in-law Assef Shawkat, as a 16-month-old popular uprising took a fresh violent turn. The UN Security Council is today due to vote on the West’s latest efforts to halt the bloodshed.