Pressure mounts on Syria

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As UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan arrives, U.K. prime minister and French president discuss by phone about the attack on Houla in Syria, and the two leaders vow to step up pressure on Assad government. As France reiterates plan to organize ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting in Paris also French president to meet Russian president in Paris June 1.

“Australia, Britain, France and Germany have expelled Syria diplomats. Good signal, but criminal investigation of Houla massacre needed more.” Said Kenneth Roth, Human rights watch boss said on his twitter account.

Officials behind atrocities won’t be allowed to visit UK for London Olympics, says Deputy PM Nick Clegg. Iran admits sending troops to Syria to help Assad with crackdown. Claims that averts bloodshed. However, the head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria said Monday he will emphasize “the suffering of the Syrian people” during special envoy Kofi Annan’s visit.

Media reports indicate that joint drills of US and Jordan is underway in Jordan. Security experts think the drills are for intervention in Syria.

The United Nations estimates that 9,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011, but hundreds more have been killed since the U.N. provided that figure.

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