Syria crisis: Assad denies role in Houla massacre
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has denied his government's forces had any role in the Houla massacre.
More than 100 people, many of them children, were killed in the attack overnight between 25 and 26 May, most knifed or shot at close range.
Mr Assad described the killings as an "ugly crime" that even "monsters" would not carry out.
Addressing parliament, he blamed "foreign meddling" for Syria's divisions. The BBC's Jim Muir reports from Lebanon.