Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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Syria crisis: Defiant President Assad takes oath

16 July 2014 Last updated at 13:55 BST

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria, after an election last month that opponents dismissed as a "farce".

He has defied calls to step down since an uprising which has claimed thousands of lives began in March 2011.

State television broadcast what it said was a live ceremony from the presidential palace in Damascus, as Lina Sinjab reports.