UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia and China have vetoed a Security
Council resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for
Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down.
The other 13 council members, including the U.S., France and
Britain, voted Saturday in favor of the resolution aimed at stopping the ongoing violence in Syria.
The vote took place as Syrian forces pummeled the city of Homs
with mortar and artillery fire that activists say killed more than 200 people in one of the bloodiest episodes of the uprising against
The U.N. says more than 5,400 people have been killed over almost 11 months in a Syrian government crackdown on civilian protests.