21:09 The White House on Tuesday condemned the Syrian regime's unrelenting violence against protesters there, saying it was "past time" for the UN Security Council to take sanctions against Damascus.

 20:32 An Arab League observer mission currently in strife-ridden Syria "remains useful" even if it cannot impose an Arab peace plan in the country, Syrian National Council chief Burhan Ghalioun said Tuesday.

 18:41 Syrian security forces have killed 19 people on Tuesday, the General Commission of the Syrian Revolution told Al-Arabiya television.

 17:30 A Syrian media rights group on Tuesday demanded a full inquiry into the death of a journalist who was reportedly shot in the head by gunmen waiting for him outside his Damascus home.

 17:30 Arab foreign ministers working on the Syrian crisis will meet in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the first report by an observer mission in Damascus, the Arab League said on Tuesday.

Democracy activists on Tuesday denounced as "unprofessional" an Arab League observer mission in Syria, after the bloc's chief admitted snipers were still active in the country despite their presence.

 16:03 US envoy Robert Ford on Tuesday condemned the Syrian regime’s killing of civilians in recent weeks and blamed Damascus for the growing fuel shortage in the strife-stricken country.

 15:51 Syria's ruling Baath Party said Tuesday that it will hold its 11th party congress next month as it faces an unprecedented popular uprising demanding its leadership resign.

 13:31 French President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded Tuesday that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad step down, accusing him of overseeing sickening "massacres" against his own people.

 13:21 Gunfire kills one, injures another in Homs’ Karm az-Zaytoun neighborhood in Syria, Al-Jazeera television reported on Tuesday    

 12:30 A YouTube video uploaded on Monday shows residents of the Homs neighborhood of Deir Baalba protesting overnight against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. People are chanting: “Oh God, we don’t have anyone but you oh God” and “Oh God, take Bashar”.

Syrian security forces killed on Tuesday seven people, including soldiers, Al-Arabiya reported.

 11:04 Saboteurs attacked a gas pipeline near the flashpoint Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday, the official SANA news agency reported.

 9:40 French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday that the Arab League’s observer mission in Syria needed to be "clarified" and complained that Russia was blocking any UN condemnation of the Damascus regime.

 9:00 MORNING LEADER Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said Monday that snipers remain a threat to civilian lives in Syria and called for the shootings to end. However, he stressed the League would not back down from the mission and would be sending more observers soon.

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