UN Syria envoy to push in Damascus for ceasefire
UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will go to Syria this week to try to persuade Bashar al-Assad's government to call an immediate ceasefire in an 18-month-old conflict with rebels, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.


Efforts by Brahimi's predecessor, Kofi Annan, to engineer a ceasefire collapsed within days, with neither the Damascus government nor opposition forces willing to abide by conditions for an effective cessation of hostilities. (Reuters)