Blasts in Damascus highlight futility of UN peace plan

Government sources say 5 Syrians were killed in two bomb blasts that rocked the capital - including one bomb that went off near an anti-government demonstration. VOA: Syrian state media say at least two huge explosions rocked central Damascus on Friday, leaving at least five people dead, as international concerns mount over Syria's deteriorating cease-fire. Activists say one blast took place near a mosque where anti-government protesters gathered after Friday prayers. The government blamed "terrorists" for what it called a suicide bombing. Earlier, there was an explosion in a nearby industrial zone.The blasts come amid blistering criticism of Syria by the U.S., top U.N. officials and the European Union.  They say the Syrian government is failing to uphold terms of an international cease-fire that went into effect earlier this month.Mass anti-government protests were expected after Friday prayers in several other cities.United Nations monitors again deployed to hot...(Read Full Post)