A massive suicide bombing in Syria, timed to explode during the height of the city's rush hour, caused at least 55 people to be killed and some 350 to be wounded. The blast is the latest installment in the country's ongoing civil war.
Syria's been practically at war with itself for more than a year. U.N. peacekeepers have moved in to try and put a stop to the violence, but so far it persists. But they still have hope. The full 300-strong contingent is expected to be deployed soon.
Syrians had an opportunity to cast votes on Monday. The government said it went smoothly and turnout was high. But critics, still battling the government in some parts of the country, rejected the election as illegitimate, so long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.
President Barack Obama says preventing atrocities and violence globally is a core national security interest of the United States -- something that will be an emphasis of his foreign policy going forward. He outlined his previous commitment and new steps in a meeting at the Holocaust Museum.
Two European women are turning to the Internet and social media to try and encourage Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to take action with her husband to stop the violent crackdown underway in that country.
Syria on Thursday was relatively calm -- perhaps for the first time in more than a year. Both Syrian government soldiers and opposition forces seemed to be adhering, for the most part, to a U.N.-backed cease fire. But elements of the cease fire are yet to be implemented.
In one of Turkey's most religiously diverse provinces, close ties with Syria fuel support for Assad regime
In Turkey, the civil strife in Syria has meant refugees streaming across the border. In mostly-Muslim Turkey, most Turks are staunchly on the side of the Sunni Muslims trying to overthrow Assad rule. But in Hatay province, a former Syrian province and one of the most diverse provinces in the country, more people support Assad, perhaps than anywhere outside of Syria.
Kofi Annan, the U.N. special envoy to Syria, told the Security Council on Monday that the Syrian government had agreed to withdraw its military forces from the nation's cities and end its violent repression of civilian protesters. It remains to be seen if they will follow through.
United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan says Syria has agreed to his six-point plan that he hopes will bring about an end to the year-long violence in the country. It's already claimed more than 8,000 lives, according to U.N. estimates.
In the 1990s, thousands were massacred in the provinces of the former Yugoslavia. It took years, really, for the international community to intervene and stop the killing. Now some are worried the situation in Syria may devolve into that sort of mass killing -- if it hasn't already.