Residents of the battered Syrian town of Tremseh have described being chased from their homes and hunted down by regime forces after seven hours of shelling during a major assault that left more than 150 people dead last Thursday.
Hillary Clinton has expressed outrage over reports of Syrian government troops killing more than 200 people in a village near the city of Hama and demanded an immediate ceasefire.
Syria says it will punish its former envoy to Iraq who fled to Qatar and denounced the regime of Bashar al-Assad, then called on other ambassadors to do the same.
Syria's ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf al-Fares said he had defected and joined the revolution against Bashar al-Assad, becoming the first senior diplomat to quit the embattled government.
In large study halls, ranks of young Jewish men are bent over religious books or debating in pairs the meaning of their texts. Many wear the large knitted kippa associated with the settler movement; a few have guns by their side.
A former Iranian interior minister, Abdollah Nouri, has called on the leaders of the Islamic republic to hold a referendum over the fate of the country's nuclear programme.
She is the still second most famous name in South Africa after Nelson Mandela.
A senior member of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood has conceded that its Justice and Construction party had fallen short of expectations, after early election results gave victory to its more secularist rival, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
One of the Taliban's most senior commanders has admitted the insurgents cannot win the war in Afghanistan and that capturing Kabul is "a very distant prospect", obliging them to seek a settlement with other political forces in the country.
Libya's former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril has won a landslide victory in the country's first democratic election, early figures show, defying expectations that the Muslim Brotherhood would sweep to power.