CRISIS

UN Shrinks from Syria Sanctions

The UN Security Council will meet Friday to discuss the situation in Syria ahead of a possible vote on the matter next week. But according to Reuters, which obtained a copy of a possible resolution, the draft does not call for sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, instead only urging a "political transition." Russia, an old ally and an arms supplier to Syria, opposes sanctions. Meanwhile, fighting erupted in Homs on Friday, a day after sectarian militiamen killed 14 members of a Sunni Muslim family.