SYRIA: Military action suggested

France raised the prospect of military intervention on Wednesday, saying the UN should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan shaken by violence collapses. Daily attacks have kept a cease-fire between troops loyal to President Bashar Assad and armed rebels from taking hold. Activists said government troops killed 29 civilians Wednesday, including 12 in shelling in Hama. Elsewhere, rebels killed four security personnel. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said France had discussed invoking Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which can be enforced militarily, with other world powers. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week the UN should move toward measures like travel and financial sanctions and an arms embargo. Russia and China are likely to block military action.

PAKISTAN: Successful missile test

An upgraded ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead was launched successfully Wednesday, the Pakistani military said, days after India conducted its own missile test. The Hatf IV Shaheen-1A missile, fired into the sea, was described as an intermediate-range missile with a longer range than the Shaheen-1, which is believed to fly up to 465 miles. If the Shaheen-1A is indeed intermediate-range, it would represent a quantum leap from the previous version.

AFGHANISTAN: Four more deaths for NATO

NATO said two service members were killed in separate attacks in the south, while two others died of nonbattle injuries. One was killed by an improvised explosive device Wednesday, another by a similar weapon Tuesday. This month, 31 coalition members have died, bringing the year's toll to 132.

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