SYRIA

Suicide bombing kills 10

Two weeks into a cease-fire agreement, there still was no peace in Syria on Friday: Security agents in Damascus collected the remains of 10 people killed in a suicide bombing. Activists reported troops firing on protesters. Video showed a crowd carrying a slain boy to U.N. observers as proof of regime violence. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said President Bashar Assad’s continued crackdown on protests has reached an “intolerable stage,” and that the U.N. will try to speed up the deployment of up to 300 monitors to Syria. Only 15 are there now.

ENGLAND

Standoff rattles London

Police snipers and heavily armed officers put several blocks of central London’s shopping district into lockdown Friday after a man allegedly armed with gas canisters entered an office building and threatened to blow himself up. Police said a 48-year-old man was arrested hours after a standoff with police at Advantage, a training company near London’s Tottenham Court Road that offers tests for truck drivers.

NETHERLANDS

Stricter pot rules upheld

The Netherlands’ famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke. A judge on Friday upheld a government plan to ban foreign tourists from buying marijuana by introducing a “weed pass” available only to Dutch citizens and permanent residents. The new regulation reins in one of the country’s most cherished symbols of tolerance — its laissez-faire attitude toward soft drugs.

ROMANIA

Premier forced to exit

Romania’s government fell Friday in a no-confidence vote, as opposition parties seized on widespread public anger over biting austerity measures and corruption. Some 235 lawmakers voted against Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, four more votes than needed. President Traian Basescu nominated opposition leader Victor Ponta as the prime minister-designate.

Compiled from wire reports.