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Arab League Gives Syria Three-Day Deadline to Stop Killings

The Arab League gave Syria three days to end bloodshed and allow observers in or face economic sanctions, as the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalates with attacks by defectors from his army.

“We shall stop wasting time,” Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim Al Thani said during a news conference after the Arab League meeting late yesterday in Rabat, Morocco, to discuss Syria. “If there aren’t any effective measures immediately to stop the killing and release detainees, sanctions will be imposed.” He didn’t specify the measures.