Syria’s ruling Baath Party has expelled former Vice-President Abdul Halim Khaddam – a day after parliament voted to bring treason charges against him. The moves follow remarks by Mr Khaddam implicating President Bashar al-Assad in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005.

The remarks in an Arabic TV interview have caused outrage in mainstream political circles in Damascus.

A UN-led inquiry implicated Syria in the murder, but Damascus denies blame.

(Via Tom Elia).