US envoy: Assad's mother fled to UAE
Syrian President Bashar Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has moved to the United Arab Emirates, while Assad's sister Buhra, has been living in Dubai, US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford told CNN.


Assad's mother is in her late 70s and though she rarely appears in public she is said to have considerable influence on the running of Syria. (Yitzhak Benhorin, Washington)