With escalating violence in Homs, the opposition Syrian National Council is calling for "international protection" for protesters. According to The Daily Star:
Declaring Homs a "humanitarian disaster area," the Syrian National Council urged the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League to act "to stop the massacre committed by the regime."
In a statement received by AFP in Nicosia, it called on the international community to send "Arab and international observers, instantly, to the city of Homs to oversee the situation on the ground, and prevent the regime from continuing to commit brutal massacres."
In other news 6 “al Qaeda militants” were killed by security forces in Yemen (Time); a former ETA “military chief” was sentenced to 104 years by a Spanish court (CNN); the killing of Osama bin Ladin may have been exaggerated (The Daily Beast); and Carlos the Jackal is going on trial (The New York Times).