Abbas at UN accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of ethnic cleansing Thursday for building settlements in east Jerusalem. “It is a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people via the demolition of their homes,” Abbas said in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

3 prominent US senators calls for aid to Syrian rebels

THREE prominent US senators have called for direct US military aid to Syrian rebels, including use of US air power to protect rebel-controlled areas in the country. The senators — John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Lindsey Graham – said in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post they were aware of the risks associated with […]

Assad’s forces pound rebel stronghold in Aleppo

Syrian army tanks shelled Aleppo and a helicopter gunship strafed rebel positions with heavy machinegun fire as they fought into early Monday for control of the country’s biggest city and key battleground of the 17-month uprising.

Syrian family prays soldier son will soon defect

When Syrian forces fired machineguns and rockets on her neighborhood, Um Mohammed prayed for her son — a soldier in the army she fears may kill her. It was a shock to see the Syrian revolt turn her city of Aleppo into a war zone, she says, but the psychological

Heavy fighting stepped up in Aleppo, Syria

Heavy fighting has continued unabated in Syria’s largest city Aleppo, as expectations grow that the army will launch a full-scale assault imminently. A rebel commander on the ground told Reuters his fighters were preparing for a “strong offensive”. In Damascus

Fighting intensifies in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city

Anti-government rebels brazenly tried to seize a state-run broadcasting building on Saturday as the bloody battle for Syria’s largest city persisted. The rebel Free Syrian Army pushed into the radio and TV complex in Aleppo, where the government broadcasts, and seized some control. But the fighters eventually had to withdraw because of snipers and

Syrian envoy to U. N. claims receiving death threats

Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said Friday that he and his family had been the target of death threats and had alerted US authorities. Jaafari, whose daughter is said to have advised President Bashar al-Assad on handling the western media, has become the international face of the Syrian government

UN nations condemn Syrian regime, demand political transition

The U.N. General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly voted to condemn the Syrian government and demanded a political transition in Syria, which has seen 17 months of fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and opposition fighters.

Assad forces, rebels fight to control Aleppo broadcast center

Rebel and Syrian forces battled early Saturday for a building that houses state-run TV and radio studios in Aleppo, a day after the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution that slams the Syrian government for its actions and the U.N. Security Council for its failure to counter the crisis.