Ban: 'Not much prospect' for diplomacy in Syria
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he doesn't see "much prospect of resolution" of Syria's civil war by diplomacy.


At his first news conference of the year, the UN chief says, "The calamity in Syria is without doubt our main immediate test." Ban on Tuesday said he conferred Monday with special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and that "our shared assessment is that we are still a long way from getting the Syrians together." (AP)