Russia, China veto U.N. plan for Syria

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China vetoed on Saturday a U.N. resolution that backed an Arab plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit, stalling global efforts to end his bloody crackdown on unrest after hundreds were reported killed in the city of Homs. Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari passes a piece of paper during the U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss a European-Arab draft resolution endorsing an Arab League plan calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power in New York February 4, 2012. Russia and China joined forces in a double veto on Saturday to knock down a Western-Arab U.N. Security Council resolution backing an…

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