Assange lashed out at Obama for ‘persecuting’ WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking via a choppy video feed from his virtual house arrest in London, lashed out at U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday for supporting freedom of speech in the Middle East while simultaneously “persecuting” his organization for leaking diplomatic cables.

Syria’s Zoubi assails Egyptian and Turkish leaders

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syria’s top government spokesman declared Monday that the refugees fleeing its borders were welcome back “at any time,” mocked the presidents of Egypt and Turkey for their condemnations and called the armed opposition unfit for negotiations. The spokesman — Omran al-Zoubi, the minister of information

Syrian opposition call on Assad to quit immediately

Syrian opposition groups called Thursday for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate resignation, in a joint declaration at the end of a two-day meeting in Turkey. The statement, read out in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya, urged the “immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad from all functions he occupies.”

Clinton says the world should get on the right side of history in Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says countries that have been slow to denounce Syria for its political crackdown should toughen up and get on what she says is “the right side of history.” The message appeared to be directed at Russia, China and Arab countries.