UN experts visit Damascus
DAMASCUS (AP):United Nations (UN) chemical weapons experts yesterday took biological samples from several victims of last week's purported poison gas attack east of Damascus, activists said, as Western powers laid the groundwork for a possible punitive military strike and the UN chief pleaded for more time for diplomacy.
Fear of a dramatic escalation in the two-and-a-half-year conflict prompted some 6,000 Syrians to flee into Lebanon over a 24-hour period, or more than six times the average daily flow. A jittery Israel ordered a special call-up of reserve troops yesterday as residents lined up at gas-mask distribution centres, preparing for possible hostilities with Syria.
Argentina courts consider media monopoly law
BUENOS AIRES (AP):The future of broadcast television and other news media in Argentina is at stake as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of a law designed to break up privately held media monopolies.
The 2009 law's stiff limits on cable TV ownership would force Grupo Clarin to break itself apart, demolishing a leading opposition voice against government power. Both sides argued for freedom of expression in the hearings, which were broadcast live on Argentine television yesterday.