1. NEW PLAN

    Syria VP Supports U.N. Envoy

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    It’s time for a new plan. The United Nations has replaced Syrian special envoy head Kofi Annan with Lakhdar Brahimi, the former Algerian foreign affairs minister and veteran U.N. adviser. Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa’s office released a statement claiming he “supports Brahimi’s demand to get united support from the Security Council to carry out his mission without obstacles.” The government statement also denied rumors that al-Sharaa had defected. The failed U.N. observer mission comes to a close on Sunday, and the last observers have been leaving the country.

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