• Syria is facing a new Arab League deadline to accept proposals to allow observers into the strife-torn country. 

  • Arab foreign ministers said Damascus had until Sunday to agree to the league's plan. Further sanctions have been threatened.

  • At their Cairo meeting, Arab ministers also confirmed economic sanctions against Damascus approved in the past week.

  • These include cutting off transactions with Syria's central bank, freezing assets for 19 officials and aides of President Bashar al-Assad, and banning them from travelling to other Arab countries.