Syria's Arab Spring-inspired revolution is entering its second year and there's no end in sight. In fact, if anything, government officials are more strongly entrenched than they've been at any point in past months, fresh off routes of rebel forces and strongholds around the country's north.
As Syrians flee the increasing violence in Syria, and as government forces increase intensity of their crackdown, many refugees are discovering that Syrians forced have planted anti-personnel mines along the border — making their escape extremely dangerous.
China's flexing its diplomatic muscle, softly, as it tries to end the violence in Syria. A Chinese envoy was headed to Syria bringing a demand that both sides end the violence and negotiate a peaceful end to the violence that has killed 7,000 people.
Officials are concerned the Syrian Army is trying to hide signs of summary executions in the Baba Amr area near Homs after the rebels withdrew and the Syrian Army moved in.
At the Friends of Syria conference, foreign officials struggled with concrete steps they could take to help end the violence in Syria — without an elaborate military intervention that has so far proven impossible. Meanwhile, there were some signs of relief in Syria — small ones though they are.
Journalists trapped in the city of Homs were pleading for help getting out of the embattled Syria where dozens of people continue to die under a relentless attack by the Syrian government. Meanwhile, efforts to get Syria to halt the attack will resume at a meeting Friday, though there is little hope for success.
In Syria Wednesday, two western journalists joined the thousands of Syrians who have already died in the conflict there. But perhaps more importantly, a Syrian citizen-journalist, who helped publish video from Homs, was also killed in the shelling.
Syrian security forces continued attacks in Homs on Wednesday for the 19th day. Among the at least 20 reported dead are two western journalists, Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik.
As the violence in Syria has continued and even escalated, it's been difficult for western journalists to get reports out of the country. New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid snuck in for a reporting trip recently that would wind up being his last. Shadid died in Syria this week of an apparent asthma attack.
Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, insists that the United States is adamantly opposed to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad remaining in power. He also said the United States is considering its options, when asked if the United States could provide arms to protesters.