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During a in a live interview with state television on Sunday night, a defiant president Bashar al-Assad warned against outside interference in Syria and shrugged off international criticism towards his handling of the protests in the country.

The president also warned "countries close and far away" against intervening in the country's affairs, saying "Any action against Syria will have huge consequences that they [foreign countries] can never tolerate."  Critics have viewed the comments and compared it to that another defiant leader, Libya's Muammar Gadaffi.

The president is responding to last weeks report when US president Barack Obama led a choreographed call with the leaders of the EU, UK, France and Germany calling on Assad to step aside. Read the full story via Al Jazeera