UN Approves Extension of Syria Observers

Russia said it would veto the original British draft but joined the 14 other council members on Friday in supporting a revised British text.

It would end the observer mission in 30 days but renew it if Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council confirm that the use of heavy weapons has ended and the level of violence in Syria is reduced.

The mandate of the 300-strong mission had been set to expire on Friday.

Pressure is mounting on the regime of President Bashar Assad to end the civil war.- AP