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19 July 2012 Last updated at 19:59 GMT - BBC News
Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution proposing further sanctions on Syria, prompting an angry Western response.The UK, US and France said the UN had failed the people of Syria.
Syrian troops have been mobilised to oust rebels from parts of Damascus, after a bomb killed three senior figures in the defence establishment.
State TV has broadcast the first images of President Assad since the attack, standing with the new defence minister.
The footage appeared to show Gen Fahd Jassim al-Furayj, chief of staff of the armed forces, being sworn into his new post. It was not clear where the meeting had taken place.