Syria faces ultimatum from international conference
A major world conference is being held in Tunisia to seek a breakthrough in the increasingly bitter Syrian unrest.
The US, Europe and Arab countries plan to challenge President Bashar al-Assad to provide humanitarian access within days to the worst-affected areas.
There is growing pressure on Damascus to give access to civilians trapped by the onslaught on Homs, which has lasted for more than two weeks.
Activists say another 50 or 60 people died across Syria on Thursday.
Russia and China will not attend the Tunisia "Friends of Syria" conference, organised by the Arab League.
The two countries have faced Western and Arab criticism for blocking a UN Security Council resolution that would have backed an Arab League peace plan for Syria.
Around 70 other nations, including the US, UK, France and Turkey are attending.
The conference will agree a declaration on Syria, expected to demand an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian assessment, with the threat of further sanctions if ignored.
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