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Russia, China veto UN resolution on Syria

Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad. The other 13 members of the council, including the US, Britain, and France, voted in favor of the resolution aimed at stopping the ongoing violence in Syria.

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The U.N. Security Council votes on a resolution calling for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to give up power. Russia and China vetoed the resolution Saturday. The diplomatic setback came after world leaders and Syrian opposition activists accused Assad's forces of killing hundreds of people in a bombardment of the city of Homs, the bloodiest night in 11 months of upheaval in the pivotal Arab country.

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Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a Security Council resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down amid escalating violence.

The other 13 members of the council, including the United States, Britain and France, voted in an unusual weekend session favor of the resolution aimed at stopping the ongoing violence in Syria.

The rare double-veto was issued following days of negotiations aimed at overcoming Russian opposition to the draft resolution. Several European envoys said before the session that they felt compelled to call for the vote despite Russia's attempts to seek a delay because of the escalating violent crackdown by Assad's regime.

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The urgency was heightened by an assault by Syrian forces firing mortars and artillerey on the city of Homs. Activists said more than 200 people were killed in what they called one of the bloodiest episodes of the uprising against Assad. The U.N. says more than 5,400 people have been killed over almost 11 months in a government crackdown on civilian protests.

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