Annan: Syrian forces must withdraw from towns

UN-Arab league envoy Kofi Annan said Syrian forces "must desist from the use of heavy weapons" and withdraw from towns in the country in line with his peace plan, according to Reuters.

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Assad hit by luxury goods ban

The EU has imposed new sanctions on the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, restricting imports of luxury goods and equipment that could be used for 'repression'.