The U.N. is yanking all of its monitors out of Syria, citing escalating violence and President Bashar al-Assad's lack of adherence to an April 12 ceasefire brokered by Kofi Annan. The U.N. had as many as 300 monitors in Syria, but will now suspend all of its activities in the war-ravaged nation. "There has been an intensification of armed violence across Syria over the past 10 days," said Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. mission in Syria. "This escalation is limiting our ability to observe, verify, report as well as assist in local dialogue and stability projects, basically impeding our ability to carry out our mandate."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
- The simple trick to making better decisions in every aspect of life
- Why the Chinese military is only a paper dragon
- Did the media get Ferguson wrong?
Subscribe to the Week