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Ban urges Security Council action over Syria

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has called on the UN Security Council take “decisive action” on the conflict in Syria a day after activists said scores were killed in a village in Hama province. Ban warned on Friday that any failure to act would be giving “a license for further massacres” as he and Kofi Annan, the joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, called for more pressure on President Bashar al-Assad. “I call upon all member states to take collective and decisive action to immediately and fully stop the tragedy unfolding in Syria,” Ban said in a statement aimed at the council. Meanwhile, Annan said he was “shocked and appalled” by the reports of the attack on…