Egyptians Confront Clinton with Conspiracy Theories

It may not have been what U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was expecting on her first visit to Cairo since Egyptians voted in their first democratic presidential election in the country’s history last month. But for a portion of her two-day visit to the Arab world’s largest country, Clinton found herself confronting

U.S. declares Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally

Washington declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally on Saturday, a largely symbolic status reinforcing its message to Afghans that they will not be abandoned as the war winds down. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the decision, made by President Barack Obama, during her unannounced visit to Kabul where she met President Hamid Karzai

Syrian officer who witnessed Houla massacre Defects

A senior official from the Syrian Air Force has defected and sided with opposition forces, and claims he witnessed the Houla massacre first hand. The Guardian spoke to Major Jihad Raslan, who was on leave in his house 300 metres away from the small village of Taldous, one of the first areas assaulted in the […]

Syria’s Assad says he’s surgeon saving patient

Syrian President Bashar Assad defended his government’s crackdown on opponents Sunday, saying a doctor performing messy emergency surgery does not have blood on his hands if he is trying to save a patient. In his first speech since January, Assad appeared unmoved by scathing international criticism of his ferocious response to the 15-month-old revolt

Turkish PM accuses Assad of ‘autocratic’ behaviour

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused his one-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of autocratic behaviour, saying that such an approach would not serve peace. “So far, I haven’t seen him approach reforms with a democratic understanding. He is still approaching issues with … an autocratic approach,”