Syria Gets Ultimatum

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the London Conference on Somalia at Lancaster House in London, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.  Nations must help Somalia's fragile leadership tackle terrorism, piracy and hunger or be prepared to pay the price, Britain's leader warned Thursday at an international conference on the troubled east African nation's future.  About 50 nations and international organizations attended a one-day summit hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron in London, including Somalia's Western-backed transitional government, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

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    The Obama administration is working with international leaders to bring about a ceasefire in Syria. They are in particular seeking an end to the siege of Homs, a city that has endured more than two weeks of shelling as forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have sought to crush dissident groups. The more than 70 Arab and European countries that are seeking the ceasefire along with the United States, known as the "Friends of Syria," will demand immediate access to the city for badly needed medical aid and humanitarian attention. According to sources, in the talks, which will take place Friday in Tunisia, they are asking for a response from Assad “within days.” The leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are also asking for increased recognition of the Syrian National Council and stricter sanctions against Assad’s regime. More than 50 were reported dead in the nation on Thursday.

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