A former member of Syrian President Bashar Assad's secret police was convicted Wednesday by a German court of facilitating the torture of prisoners in a landmark ruling that human rights activists hope will set a precedent for other cases.
The Obama administration was making a strong and very public case for military intervention in Syria. And then, suddenly, President Obama flipped to congress. You think Assad breathed a huge sigh of relief?
As Syria's civil war drags on into its 19th month, and with not an end in sight, Syria's rebels are learning that in order to win, they might need to adjust the face they present the world. So they're turning to some public relations training, in an effort to adjust the picture they're presenting to the world.
In addition to honing their fighting skills, some of Syria's rebels are working on their PR as well. They're careful now to speak about a future Syria that is democratic and inclusive - to all religions and women.
Syria's civil war continues to wear on with both sides claiming huge gains in their effort to win control of the country. A former Syrian prime minister, Riad Hijab, however, went on TV and said the Syrian regime is collapsing.
Syria's prime minister has confirmed his defection from the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Obeida Nahas is a spokesperson for the opposition Syrian National Council in Istanbul. Nahas says he's pleased with Washington's recent promise to supply the rebels with communication gear, but he says the opposition needs more aid.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron told Syria's "criminal regime" that it must face justice "for the blood that is on your hands". He also urged Russia and China to look hard at the suffering in Syria and reconsider their support for the Syrian government.