**US Condemns 'Heavy-Handed' Crackdown on Sudan Protests**
The United States has condemned Sudan's "heavy-handed" crackdown against anti-government protests that have spread through several parts of the East African nation.
The protests began in the capital, Khartoum, nearly two weeks ago as isolated student protests over planned government austerity measures and sharp price increases.
The unrest has quickly spread into larger and more volatile demonstrations throughout the capital and several other parts of the country. Sudanese security forces have responded harshly, using tear gas and batons on protesters, who have responded by throwing rocks and burning tires in the streets.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Nuland said the crackdown on protesters will not solve Sudan's economic crisis. She called for Sudan to immediately release all of those detained.
**Syria Says Terrorists Kill 3 in TV Station Attack**
Syria's state-run news agency says an "armed terrorist group" killed three people during an attack on a pro-government television station.
SANA said terrorists planted explosives during the attack early Wednesday at this TV station, but did not say how the employees died.
Syria often uses the term "armed terrorists" to label the rebels leading the revolt against Mr. Assad's nearly 12-year rule.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed his new Cabinet on Tuesday, and expressed the need to focus the government on the fighting.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA the Syrian military fired artillery in several rebellious suburbs near central Damascus for the first time on Tuesday. killed at least 62 people, more than half of them civilians.
Diplomats at Tuesday's briefing quote Ladsous as saying the observer mission will remain suspended. The U.N. official also said the Syrian government refuses to allow the monitors to use satellite telephones, which he called "key tools" of the operation.