Iran’s policies attacked by U.N. head, Egyptian leader

The U.N. chief and Egypt’s president delivered stinging speeches at a summit of developing nations in Iran on Thursday, damaging the host country’s quest for global prestige and support for its nuclear programme and its policy on Syria.

Senior Syrian intelligence official defects to Jordan

A senior Syrian intelligence officer defected to Jordan, Al Arabiya television reported on Sunday, as Syrian army and opposition forces clashed in key areas around the cities of Aleppo and Damascus. Colonel Yaraab Shara, head of the information division at the Political Security in Damascus, a key tool in suppressing dissent, has fled

No signs of Syria troop pullback as cease-fire deadline passes

Syrian activists reported military attacks and arrest raids in several towns across Syria on Tuesday and denied claims by the foreign minister that regime forces have begun pulling out of some areas in compliance with a U.N.-brokered truce.