Syria seems to be ignoring the Arab League’s ultimatum. The 22-nation organization had given Syria 24 hours to agree to allow observers into the country or face possible economic sanctions, but a senior Arab League diplomat says that the deadline has passed with no word from Damascus. The Arab League said earlier it would consider freezing Syria’s financial assets if the deadline is missed. Meanwhile the BBC reports that a steady stream of Army defectors has been coming into the city of Homs as the demonstrations increasingly appear to be turning into an insurgency. At least 14 people have been reported killed in the latest violence on Friday.