The Security Council met to consider a recommendation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he made last month to establish a 12,000-member U.N. peacekeeping mission. French Ambassador Gerard Araud said he would circulate a resolution in the coming weeks and predicted consensus approval — but said there would be “tough” negotiations on ways to try to curb costs.
"We would roll out the red carpet for them tomorrow," said Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, Central African Republic’s foreign minister. "There are no alternatives in terms of survival."
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Twenty journalists, mostly from Al Jazeera, continue their trial in Egypt for helping the Muslim Brotherhood and attacking Egypt’s overseas reputation.
Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas has returned home after spending six months in captivity in Syria.
The passage between east and west (opposition-controlled and government-controlled) Aleppo has become the Corridor of Death, an alley where government snipers target children and pregnant women for sport.