Explosion damages pipeline in Syrian city of Homs

BBC – An explosion has hit a fuel pipeline in the central Syrian city of Homs. A large plume of smoke is rising from farmland on the edge of the Baba Amr district – the target of bombardment by government forces for more than a week. State media said an “armed terrorist group” had sabotaged a diesel pipeline. But activists said security forces had shelled an oil pipeline. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad has ordered a referendum on a new constitution on 26 February. The document was handed to him on Sunday by members of the drafting committee, who had been working on it since October. The BBC’s Jim Muir, in neighbouring Lebanon, says this is part of what Mr Assad calls the government’s “reform process”. Read Article