**Asia Number One Home of World's Millionaires**
Asia's population of millionaires outpaced that of North America for the first time last year, but the total net worth of the world's wealthiest people declined in the face of global economic uncertainty.
The newest World Wealth Report says the Asia-Pacific region was home to 3.37 million people having $1 million or more to invest, a 1.6 percent increase from the year before. North America was in second place with 3.35 million millionaires, a drop of just over one percent, while Europe was home to 3.17 million of the wealthiest people.
The annual report found that the world's total number of millionaires remained steady at 11 million people, but their combined net worth dropped 1.7 percent in 2011 .
**Mood: UN Team Will Stay in Syria**
The head of the United Nations monitoring mission in Syria told the Security Council Tuesday his team has been repeatedly targeted by gunfire but is committed to staying in the war-torn country.
Major General Robert Mood of Norway said Tuesday that questions about canceling the mission were premature, and that the "suffering of the Syrian people" is getting worse.
General Mood told the council his 300-strong unarmed observer team has been targeted several times over the last few weeks. He said at least nine U.N. vehicles have been damaged.
Mood said the U.N. mission in Syria was suspended on Saturday due to escalating violence, but team members did not leave the country. The decision was the clearest sign yet that a peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan has collapsed.