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U.N. urges halt to violence in Syria

U.n. urges halt to violence in syria

The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria on Sunday called on President Bashar Assad and the country's opposition to stop fighting and allow a tenuous cease-fire to take hold.

Maj. Gen. Robert Mood spoke after arriving in the Syrian capital, Damascus, to take charge of an advance team of 16 U.N. monitors trying to salvage an international peace plan to end the country's 13-month-old crisis.

Under the plan, a cease-fire is supposed to lead to talks between Assad and the opposition on a political solution to a conflict that has killed more than 9,000 people.

On Sunday, at least 25 people were killed, including 14 civilians shot dead by troops in a village in central Syria, and three soldiers killed in a clash with army defectors, activists said.

Egypt

Military rulers promise government reshuffle

Egypt's ruling military council promised Sunday to reshuffle the Cabinet, hours after the Islamist-dominated Parliament suspended sessions to protest the panel's failure to heed repeated calls for the government's dismissal.

Parliament Speaker Saad el-Katatni said he received a call from the ruling generals promising to announce a reshuffle within 48 hours. Although the concession fell short of the Parliament's demand for a whole new Cabinet, the speaker said the call restored Parliament's "dignity."

Elsewhere

Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday signaled he soon might call early elections — a decision that could put Mideast peace efforts on hold for months and cast more uncertainty on Israel's deliberations over whether to attack Iran's nuclear program.

MOBILE, Ala.: The University of South Alabama locked down its campus for several hours Sunday following an armed robbery in a college dormitory, but officials say no one was hurt.

Spain: Tens of thousands of people across Spain protested Sunday against education and health care spending cuts as the country slid into its second recession in three years. Unemployment is at a eurozone high of 24.4 percent.

Times wires

U.N. urges halt to violence in Syria

04/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 29, 2012 11:40pm]
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