12 people have reportedly been killed in clashes in Syria as the Arab League's ultimatum against the country's leadership expires later on Saturday. Earlier this week the Cairo-based body suspended the country and promised tougher action if President Bashar al-Assad fails to end the violence. Pressure on the Arab country has been mounting throughout the week with France insisting it's now too late for the regime to try and save itself through reforms. The UK has officially begun talks with the Syrian opposition with critics saying this mirrors the build up to the operation in Libya. However, Russia believes the situation is being dramatised by foreign parties, and stressed that opposition groups should also to lay down their arms. Turkey and Jordan announced plans to establish two buffer zones for refugees on Syrian territory - a move War Correspondent Eric Margolis thinks signals the start of outside intervention.
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