Weekly Roundup: U.N. Backs Away from Syria Sanctions, Venezuela Approves Counterterrorist Financing Measure, and More

U.N. officials have backed away from efforts to sanction Syria in hopes of persuading Russia and others to support a call for political change in the country, The New York Times reported Thursday. Diplomats have also jettisoned a call for an arms embargo, the newspaper reported. A draft resolution under consideration backs an Arab League plan to change Syria's top leadership. More Pakistan's Supreme Court Thursday opened the door for bringing contempt of court charges against the nation's prime minister, whom critics say has shielded President Asif Ali Zardari from a money laundering case, among other allegations. The controversy stems...