Syria saw an uneasy ceasefire this week, bringing some hope to the battle-scarred country, but at least three people were killed today amid large protests. The UN now plans to send monitors to ensure compliance with its Arab-League backed peace plan. You can read the latest from the BBC here.
For North Korea, an embarrassing setback as its much-heralded rocket launch failed. The launch itself has been widely condemned, with the United States claiming it was cover for a ballistic missile test. Here’s The Guardian on what the failure could mean for international politics.
In the United States, Rick Santorum’s official withdrawal from the Republican race means that the presidential contest will now effectively be a straight fight between President Obama in the blue corner, and Mitt Romney in the red (we can only say ‘effectively’ because Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are not saying die just yet). The Wall Street Journal’s comprehensive Election 2012 has all the news, including the row that has blown up over ‘stay-at-home’ moms after a Democratic consultant got the party in hot water by saying Romney’s wife Ann had ‘never worked a day in her life.’
And finally, a visual Friday afternoon treat from the BBC’s Day in pictures series, including an Eastern Bongo calf, a basketball player, and Shakira. Now don’t say we never give you anything.