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.
Solitary confinement was designed to separate volatile inmates from the rest of the prison population. Today however, many prisons exploit solitary confinement as a tool of punishment, critics say. Recent high profile cases and policy changes in Mississippi have shed new light on solitary.
The European Union imposed new sanctions against 12 Syrian's within the government's inner circle, including President Bashar al-Assad and his wife. The sanctions include a freeze on EU assets, as well as a travel ban.
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.
As the United Nations, the Arab League and western nations fail to reach a plan for action to protect Syrian people being attacked by the army of President Bashar Al-Assad, Russian leaders say Syria is ready to negotiate with protesters. But protesters say they won't negotiate until Assad is gone — and they say they're paying the price in bodies.
Violence in Syria escalated over the weekend with reports of another dozen or more people killed as President Bashar Al-Assad seeks to clamp down on the democratic uprising underway in the country. On Monday, the United States announced it had closed its embassy and withdrawn all its personnel from the country.
Thousands of Syrians have been killed in what virtually everyone acknowledges is a civil war. But so far the international community has been unable to agree on even the most basic of international intervention — and that's frustrating many Syrians.
There was little hope that there would be an agreement coming out of the Durban Climate Summit last week, but China and the United States agreed to a deal to create a legally binding document to replace the Kyoto Treaty and regulate their carbon emissions.
As time runs out on the Durban Summit on Climate Change, hope is fading for the sort of landmark, legally binding treaty that was reached in Kyoto in 1997. That deal is expiring and there were hopes that a new one would be implemented.