The Arab League is to ask the United Nations Security Council to back its plan to end the violence in Syria.

On Sunday, the League called for the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, to step down and hand power to his deputy.

The organisation’s chief Nabil al-Arabi and the Qatari prime minister are to travel to New York on Saturday to seek support for its proposals.

Meanwhile, there are reports of renewed clashes between security forces and protesters near the capital Damascus.

On Thursday, activists say security forces launched an offensive against the Damascus suburb of Douma, days after pulling out following intense clashes with anti-regime fighters.

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