city of aleppo yesterday. the u.n. will send a humanitarian mission to syria over the weekend but it can only get aid in if it is allowed to do so. >> in other news, the united states has denounced a plan by north korea to launch a long- range rocket which p'yongyang says will put a satellite in orbit. the u.s. says that this is a threat to regional security and is inconsistent with north korea's recent agreement to suspend missile tests in return for food aid. belgium has held a day of national mourning to remember the victims of the bus crash in switzerland in which 28 mostly children were killed. flags were flown at half mast and church bells rang as the country observed a minute of silence for the victims. after a decade of leading the anglican community worldwide, today the archbishop of canterbury announced he will step down at the end of the year. he said that he wished his successor the constitution of an auks and the skin of a rhinoceros. -- of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros. >> rowan williams was a reluctant leader of the church. >> this is why the christians engage in
protesters and aleppo coming under fire. they say that the regime is not resisted in dialogue until its opponents have been routed. if anything, the situation is getting worse. 9000 people have been killed, but the army continues its offensive. as the delegates in baghdad departed, and other lavish but inconclusive arab league summit, they acknowledged that the situation in syria to take a long time to resolve. there is still a huge security presence on the streets and it cost a small fortune to stage at this summit. iraq has declared the whole thing a big success even though on a major issue affecting the region, syria, there has been little if any progress. >> for more on today's meeting, i am joined by the former adviser to the iraqi government after the fall of saddam hussein's. thank you for joining us. we think about the arab world as a homogenous thing but only 10 out of 22 leaders showed up which indicates a huge level of disunity. >> don't forget, this is the first arab summit after the arabs spring. you have new faces and new leaders. >> four new leaders. >> four new leaders.
in damascus and aleppo. for the first time, russia joined other countries in pushing for daily cease-fire set to allow humanitarian aid into areas affected by recent -- daily ceasefires to allow humanitarian aid into areas affected by recent violence. >> gunfire broke out in a neighborhood in damascus. they said that free syrian army fighters were trying to attack a house. security forces tried to force the rebels from an apartment where they were hiding. state media says several opposition fighters were killed, including at least one security officer. this is the most serious fighting of its kind. so close to the center of power. it comes after three bombing attacks over the weekend, two in damascus and one in syria's second city. the authorities say the blasts were the work of terrorists, which is how it often refers to the opposition. anti-government activists accused the syrian leadership of staging the explosions. there is a mass uprising in syria, but there is also an armed insurgency. meanwhile, after a visit to moscow by the head of the international red cross, russia a
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