Syria's prime minister is fired
SYRIA'S state-run TV says the country's prime minister has been fired less than two months after taking up his post.
Riad Hijab is a former agriculture minister and a loyalist in President Bashar Assad's ruling Baath party.
He was appointed as prime minister on June 23. The TV reports did not immediately give a reason why Hijab was dismissed from his post. It says Omar Ghalawanji, Hijab's deputy prime minister, was named as a temporary replacement.
A Jordanian government official has said Hijab has defected to Jordan with his family.
The announcement came hours after a bomb attack ripped through the third floor of the state TV building in Damascus, causing heavy material damage and light injuries.
A deadly uprising has convulsed Syria for the past 17 months.