Arabs Forego U.N. Help in Syria

    FILE -  In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Arab League monitors walk through the Al-Sabil area of Daraa, Syria. Syrian activists are accusing President Bashar Assad's regime of misleading Arab League observers who are monitoring the government's compliance with a plan to end the country's bloodshed. They say authorities are changing neighborhood signs to confuse the monitors, taking them to areas loyal to the regime and painting army vehicles to look like those of the police — in order to claim the army has pulled out of flashpoint regions. (AP Photo/SANA, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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    Leaders of the Arab League stopped short of asking for the United Nations to help end a brutal crackdown in Syria as they met in Egypt to discuss what to do with the country. Monitors sent by the coalition failed to stop or even slow the violence. The foreign ministers renewed another round of calls to end the violence, and said they would "enhance the technical abilities of the monitors' commission" instead of asking the U.N. to step in—this despite their observation of a peace plan is being criticized as toothless.

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