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Russia and China in UN Syria veto

4 February 2012 Last updated at 18:13 GMT

An Arab and Western-backed resolution condemning the violent crackdown in Syria has been vetoed at the UN Security Council by Russia and China.

The two permanent members of the council rejected the draft resolution despite strong condemnation by US President Barack Obama of the violence.

The vote came hours after activists accused Syrian security forces of killing at least 55 people at Homs.