Arabs Forego U.N. Help in Syria

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.