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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give TV address

  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to deliver a rare speech to the nation later today, according to state media.

    The address will cover "the latest developments in Syria and the region", according to the Sana news agency.

    It comes as violence continues near the capital, Damascus.

    According to the United Nations, more than 60,000 people have been killed in the uprising against Assad, which began in March 2011.

    The speech will be Assad's first public address since June.