New deaths are being reported in Syria as the head of the International Red Cross meets the country's senior officials. He's in Damascus discussing the humanitarian side of the conflict which has claimed over 2 thousand lives. Meanwhile, Russia is rallying members of the UN Security Council to encourage the sides to stop violence and start negotiations. The Kremlin believes President Assad has worked to change the situation on the ground through reforms, and his efforts deserve some credit. But the U.S. and its West European allies are pushing for action against President Assad's regime, which they've already sanctioned. French political analyst Pierre Guerlain believes there's an underlying motive in calls for protecting Syrian civilians.
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