** Switzerland Leads Effort to Refer Syria to ICC**
More than 50 countries, led by Switzerland, will ask the U.N. Security Council Monday to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court, a move that would clear the way for war crimes prosecutions.
A letter obtained by the Associated Press cites the findings of a U.N. expert panel documenting torture, sexual violence and summary executions that have occurred in Syria since the start of the uprising in March 2011.
As the violence continues, humanitarian groups are calling on the international community to increase aid for refugees driven from their homes by the crisis.
The International Rescue Committee issued a new report Monday warning that the region faces a "staggering humanitarian disaster." It outlines the challenges refugees face in accessing health care, as well as what it calls "horrific levels" of sexual violence that many families cited as their reason for fleeing Syria.
**UNSC to Meet on Mali Where French Planes Bomb Rebels**
At the request of France, the U.N. Security Council meets Monday on the conflict in Mali, where French jets bombed Islamist rebels for the third straight day Sunday.
France says it will not back down in its fight against terrorists, as Islamic extremists who control northern Mali threaten to push south.
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said four warplanes bombed Islamist training camps and logistic depots around the town of Gao Sunday.
France deployed troops in Mali at the request of the Malian government, but French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French television and radio Sunday that the operation is not indefinite.
Ansar Dine Islamic militants are threatening France with reprisals. President Francois Hollande has increased security across France.