There are now fears the country is on the brink of civil war ‘along ethnic lines’

Russia and China refuse to support joint Arab-UN peacekeeping plan

Russia yesterday made clear that it would not support a new proposal for a joint Arab-UN peacekeeping mission to Syria unless the violence would have ends first, leaving any action unlikely as Moscow continues to hamper international efforts for a resolution.

Protestors clash with police outside the Syrian embassy in central London

Protests erupt at Syrian embassies around the world

Angry scenes erupted outside the Syrian embassy in London today just hours after a number of demonstrators were arrested for storming into the building.

The plan calls for Assad to delegate his authority to his deputy

UN may drop 'Assad quit' call

UN Security Council ambassadors are considering a revised resolution aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria that removes an explicit reference to President Bashar Assad stepping aside.

Hague plea to UN over Syria unrest

Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on the United Nations to support moves led by the Arab League to bring a peaceful resolution to unrest in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Stalemate at UN on resolution urging Assad to go

A defiant Russia resisted intense pressure from the West and several Arab countries yesterday for a strong United Nations resolution demanding President Bashar al-Assad steps aside to end the political violence in Syria and speed a transition to democracy.

The President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

UN urged to remove Syrian President

Western and Arab diplomats have launched a major offensive at the UN in the hope of overcoming Russia's opposition to a draft resolution demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad relinquish power.

Royal Navy warship set for Middle East mission

A Royal Navy warship set sail today for a seven-month mission to provide security in the Middle East.

Syrian women protest outside the Arab League building yesterday in Cairo

Arab League under fire over Syrian mission

The Arab League's credibility was in jeopardy last night as opposition figures and a senior UN official condemned the bloc's mission to Syria, while Saudi Arabia announced it was withdrawing its monitors from the country, despite the League officially extending its mandate.

The Russian Finance Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said he would veto any UN-led action against Iran

Russia warns that Iran strike could trigger 'chain reaction'

Russia strongly criticised Western belligerence towards Syria and Iran yesterday, saying that a military assault on the Iranian regime could cause a "chain reaction" that would destabilise the entire world.

Russia warns of Syrian no-fly zone claim

Russia has claimed that Nato is preparing to impose a no-fly zone in Syria to protect rebel fighters, a move that would dramatically escalate the 10-month uprising.

UN lifts bank sanctions on Libya

The UN Security Council yesterday to lift sanctions on Libya's central bank and a subsidiary, clearing the way for tens of billions of dollars they hold overseas to be unfrozen to ease an acute cash crisis.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Syrian anger as UN puts death toll at 5,000

Syria has reacted furiously after the UN human rights chief increased pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad by upwardly revising the death toll during the country's uprising to 5,000.

Syrians protesters demonstrating to denounce recent economic sanctions impose by the Arab League and turkey on Syria

Fresh clashes in Syria 'civil war'

Hours of clashes across Syria killed at least four people today and wounded dozens more - including an 11-year-old girl who was struck by stray bullets that flew across the border into Lebanon, officials said.

Security fears as UN ends Libya military mandate

NTC urges continuation of Nato operations to secure border and counter loyalist attacks

Sudan: Southern leaders 'are supporting rebels'

The Sudanese government has accused neighbouring South Sudan of causing instability in Southern Kordofan state, and made a formal complaint to the UN Security Council.

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