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Latest update : 2012-07-27

The face of Syria's future?

The ongoing crisis in Syria is dominating most of the international headlines; with no diplomatic solution on the horizon, many are looking to an opposition-based alternative. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is on a state visit to the UK, where British tabloids have wasted no time in flagging up his gaffes.

French daily LE MONDE has an interview with Syrian exile Ayman Abdel Nour, a former member of the Baath party. He says that Bashar al-Assad is ready to destroy Damascus to save his own skin. 

The British paper THE INDEPENDENT is already looking towards a post-Assad future, with an article about the "former golden boy" of the regime, Manaf Tlass.
 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL is also tipping Tlass as a possible leader, although they underline his links to the Assad dynasty as a possible obstacle.
 
THE TELEGRAPH reveals that Mitt Romney’s visit to the UK included a briefing from the head of the Intelligence services, a rare privilege for someone who is not a head of state.
 
And THE DAILY MAIL revels in Romney’s gaffes, saying that even Conservative MPs found the Republican leader "charmless".

By Olivia Salazar-Winspear

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