Nov. 12 - The Arab League of Nations suspends Syria's membership and threatens political and economic sanctions after Damascus fails to halt violence against dissidents. Jessica Gray reports.
Crowds gather outside the Arab League of Nations headquarters in downtown Cairo. They are protesting Syria's ongoing crackdown on anti-government demonstrators. On Saturday, the Arab League announced it was suspending the country's membership. SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) QATARI FOREIGN MINISTER AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, HAMAD BIN JASIM AL THANI SAYING: "In view of the Syrian government's failure to carry out -- in its entirety and immediately -- the Arab League's initiative, that was signed at Foreign Ministerial level meeting on November 2, 2011, the Syrian delegation is suspended from meetings of the Arab League and all associated agencies, as of November 16th." The League also demanded Syria stop targeting dissidents with violent reprisals. And, it further said it would impose economic and political sanctions, appealing to its members to remove ambassadors from Damascus. Syrian's months-long uprising has been a bloody affair, with thousands dying in clashes with security forces. The Arab League came under fire for doing little to curb the violence. Jessica Gray, Reuters