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Arab League on Syria mission

The head of the Arab League's monitoring mission in Syria, Mohammed al-Dabi, is holding a news conference in Cairo.

His briefing comes after Syria rejected an Arab League call for President Bashar al-Assad to hand over power to his deputy.

The league also called on Syria to form a national unity government with the opposition within two months.

A government official called that plan "flagrant interference" in Syria's internal affairs, state TV said.

The UN says more than 5,000 people have been killed in violence related to anti-government protests that began in March 2011.