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14 killed in car bombing in Homs

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Flames rise from damaged cars at the site where two car bombs exploded at a commercial street inhabited mostly by members of President Bashar Assad's minority Alawite sect, in Homs province, central Syria, Wednesday April 9, 2014. Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in a government-held district of Syria's battleground city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, state media said. AP/SANA

Syrian state television says 14 people have been killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

This picture taken on Saturday, March 1, 2014, provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens inspecting destroyed cars and buildings which were attacked by a Syrian government forces airstrike in the town of Kfar Takharim in the northwest province of Idlib, Syria. AP

The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Syrians adjust to life without limbs

In this Thursday, March. 27, 2014 photo, Mustafa Ahmad, left, a 19-year-old who lost his leg in his hometown of Deir Hafer in Aleppo province in November 2011 when government warplanes bombed his neighborhood, is fitted with a prosthetic leg by a Lebanese prosthetic limb maker, right, at the Syrian refugee camp in Jib Janine, in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon. AP

Grimacing, Mustafa Ahmad slid the scarred stump just below his right knee into his new prosthetic leg. Extending his arms for balance, he slowly rose and hobbled across the packed dirt floor toward the door of his ramshackle tent.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Two Spanish journalists freed in Syria

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A Spanish newspaper says that two Spanish journalists have been freed after six months captivity in Syria by a rogue Al-Qaeda group.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Lebanon sends army to Syria border as rebels flee

A Lebanese army officer from a commando unit, right, gives orders to his soldiers after they blew up a bomb-packed parked car in a field outside the village of Fakiha, near the Lebanese and Syria border, in northeast Lebanon, Monday, March 17, 2014. AP

The Lebanese army sent commandos to the tense border area with Syria on Monday, bracing for another spillover of the conflict next door as Syrian rebels continued to flee into Lebanon after the fall of their stronghold to President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN: 5.5 million Syrian children affected by war

In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, veiled Syrian women wait with their children for vaccinations against polio at one of the Syrian refugee camps in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. An international charity organization Save Children has warned Monday, March 10, 2014 of a health care disaster in Syria with newborns dying in hospital incubators during power cuts and children having their limbs amputated for lack of alternative treatment. AP

The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country’s children — with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children’s agency said Thursday.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Syria rebels release kidnapped nuns

An official Lebanese security convoy carrying a group of released nuns arrives at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, eastern Bekaa valley, Lebanon, early Monday March 10, 2014. Syrian rebels released about a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held since December, Lebanon's official news agency reported Monday.  AP

A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early Monday thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Syria army using starvation as ‘weapon of war’ – Amnesty

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The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said Monday.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN panel extends Syria blame to world powers

This picture taken on Saturday, March 1, 2014, provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man running as flames rise from buildings which were attacked by a Syrian government forces airstrike in the town of Kfar Takharim in the northwest province of Idlib, Syria. AP

A panel of United Nations investigators said Wednesday that world powers deserve some of the blame for Syria’s atrocities because of their inaction.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Syrian army advancing on rebel town near Lebanon

This picture taken on Saturday, March 1, 2014, provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens inspecting destroyed cars and buildings which were attacked by a Syrian government forces airstrike in the town of Kfar Takharim in the northwest province of Idlib, Syria. AP

Syrian government forces are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon a day after taking control of a key village in the area, a field commander told reporters on Tuesday.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Syria airstrikes kill 13 in northwest town

In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center, AMC, and released Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect the rubble of damaged buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. AP

Syrian activists say government airstrikes in a small northwestern town on the border with Turkey have killed at least 13 people.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

United Kingdom police arrest ex-Guantanamo detainee over Syria

This is a Friday, March 3, 2006. file photo of Moazzam Begg outside the United States Embassy in London. British police say a former Guantanamo Bay detainee is one of four people arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses. AP FILE PHOTO

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a well-known advocate for the rights of terrorism suspects was arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses, British police said Tuesday.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN: Palestinians in Syrian camp are ‘traumatized’

This undated activist photo provided by the group Palestinians of Syria shows Israa al-Masri, a baby who later died of hunger-related illness on Jan. 11, 2014, in the Palestinian neighborhood of Yarmouk in Damascus, Syria. Disturbing images of starving children and elderly are emerging from the besieged neighborhood capital Damascus, where forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are forbidding food and aid to enter the rebel-held area. Some residents are foraging for food in a blockade that reflects a broader government policy of starving out opposition areas in Syria's bitter war.  AP

The chief of the United Nations relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees says he is “deeply disturbed and shaken” by the despair and destruction he’d seen in a besieged camp in the Syrian capital.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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