[Updated at 10:10 a.m.] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States "will take steps to mitigate any unintended effects of the (new) sanctions on the Syrian people."
Clinton also said the United States expects that other countries "will amplify the steps we are taking."
[Posted at 10:05 a.m.] The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom joined U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday in calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
"Our three countries believe that President Assad, who is resorting to brutal military force against his own people and who is responsible for the situation, has lost all legitimacy and can no longer claim to lead the country," British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement.
"We call on him to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside in the best interests of Syria and the unity of its people."FULL STORY