Syria's main opposition party has new leader
10 November 2012 Last updated at 02:43 GMT
Syria's main opposition group, meeting in Qatar, has chosen the Christian George Sabra as its leader.
Mr Sabra, a former Communist, takes up the job at the head of the Syrian National Council as it comes under pressure to be part of a new, more united opposition capable of ruling Syria if President Assad falls.
In the past 24 hours alone, thousands of refugees have left the country, with most fleeing to Turkey.
Wendy Urquhart reports.