Monday's global agenda: Still stuck in Syria

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In other news:

China is using trade restrictions to punish the Philippines and other strategic rivals in the South China Sea. [The Washington Post]

The United Nations fired three officials running its mismanaged $1.4 billion Afghanistan police trust fund. [The Wall Street Journal]

All three candidates for the Mexican presidency have vowed to eventually withdraw the army from the fight against drug cartels. [The New York Times]

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki staved off a no-confidence vote. [Associated Press]

The New York Times revisits Syrian President Bashar al Assad's efforts to get glamorous PR in the U.S. media.

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