Developments on Syria
Vatican City: Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis' call for a grass roots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and in vigils around the world. The Vatican estimated about 100,000 took part in the Rome event.
Washington: Antiwar protesters gathered outside the White House on Saturday to voice their opposition to a U.S. military strike in Syria. At least 150 protesters picketed the sidewalk in front of the White House and marched to Capitol Hill.
Syria: Heavy government shelling of rebel positions near the Syrian capital of Damascus killed 16 people on Saturday, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the shelling killed 14 rebels, a child and another civilian.