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Doctor's body taken to Lebanon

Damascus has released the body of a British doctor who died in Syrian custody and his remains are now being transported to Lebanon, a Red Cross official says.

Beirut-based Samar El Kadi says Syrian government officials handed over the body of 32-year-old Abbas Khan to the Red Cross today.

Khan was seized by government troops in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in November 2012, after his family says he entered the country on a humanitarian mission.

He appeared to be on the verge of being released when his death was announced earlier this week.

Syrian authorities say Khan committed suicide in custody.

But in Britain, Foreign Office minister Hugh Robertson said that president Bashar Assad's government effectively murdered Khan.

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