BY CELIA MURRAY Activist groups say more civilians have been brutally killed and tortured over the weekend in areas of Syria. This comes as the former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan left the country after failed peace talks. The New York times has a closer look at the details, "Activist groups said a dozen and possibly as many as 45 people, including children, died overnight. Activist videos posted online purported to attest to the killing and mutilation of children, and at least six dead adults were shown covered with sheets and blood-stained blankets." Reports are that more than one hundred civilians were killed this weekend alone. So far the UN has recorded more than 7500 Syrian citizens killed by forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad. Annan had talks with Assad to try and promote a peaceful resolution. CNN's Nic Robertson spoke about the effect he had. NIC ROBERTSON: "Kofi Annan's mission: to get a cease fire. Annan is the most senior diplomat yet to tell Assad to his face - 'stop the killing'. It had no immediate impact." The UN's security council is in lock down over these recent events. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are calling for a united action against the violence. However, as The Los Angeles Times reiterates, the biggest obstacle is other international powerhouses. "Russia and China last month vetoed a US-backed Security Council resolution that called on Assad to relinquish power. Russia is backing a new <b>...</b>
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