Gulf Arab states Sunday agreed to pay monthly stipends to opposition fighters in Syria, as well as other costs of the rebel Free Syrian Army, while the U.S. -- in addition to $12 million in humanitarian aid -- will provide communications equipment to help activists organize, survive attacks and connect to the broader world. At a meeting in Istanbul of the Friends of Syria, a group of 83 countries backing political change in the country, United Nations-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan was urged to "determine a timeline for next steps ... if the killing continues."

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