Gulf countries close Syrian embassies

The six countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have announced they will close their embassies in Syria in protest at the ongoing violence. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait will all withdraw their diplomats, according to GCC head Abdullatif al-Zayani.

Zayani said he opposed the Syrian Government "massacring its people, choosing the military option and rejecting all initiatives aimed at finding a solution to the crisis." He urged the international community to "act urgently and decisively to stop the killings and massacres in Syria".

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Syria torture allegations

The human rights charity Amnesty International has called for urgent action on Syria after publishing a "grim catalogue" of what it alleges is state-sponsored torture.