* Syria: Thousands of people took to the streets in an act of defiance against a harsh government crackdown while the U.S. may bring up war crimes charges against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
* Switzerland: By a narrow margin the U.N. Human Rights Council backed a resolution supporting equal rights for gays and lesbians.
* Saudi Arabia: Dozens of Saudi women drove their cars today in protest against the government’s ban on female driving.
* World: The International Monetary Fund lowered its financial forecasts for the U.S. and Britain but also claimed that global growth will “remain on track.”
Image – BBC News (“Syrians have been regularly turning out to protest after Friday prayers.”)
Online Sources- Voice of America, New York Times, AFP, BBC News, CSMonitor.com