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    Bombs planted in confessional box of Syrian church

    Bombs have been planted in the confessional box of one of the world's oldest churches in the rebel-held town of Yabroud, Syria's most senior Christian leader has revealed.

  • U.N-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, left, speaks next to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, after their meeting at Winfield House, the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Britain, in London, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Kerry and Brahimi said Monday that an international conference to set up a Syrian transitional government must be organized urgently and held as soon as possible. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    John Kerry now says Syria's Assad must go, situation 'urgent'

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Syria President Bashar Assad has no future and must be removed from power — a somewhat confusing stance given the recent praise he gave the regime for cooperating with a Russia-forged chemical weapons deal.

  • EDITORIAL: Jackpot justice afoot

    Syria has been reduced to a small blip in the corner of the radar screen, if only for a moment, but the screen of the neighborhood is as busy as always. Bashar Assad still clings to power in the Syrian civil war, with the Russians standing by to "help," as usual. Iraq continues to be a tinderbox. Egypt, an old ally, is fighting the Muslim Brotherhood without U.S. political support or military aid. Now Jordan, a steadfast American ally, faces a threat to economic stability in the form of an unusual lawsuit our own Supreme Court has been asked to consider.

  • A Syrian rebel fighter returns from fighting Syrian army forces in Aleppo. The opposition isn't fighting just a brutal regime; it's also battling al Qaeda-linked extremists who have joined the fight against Bashar Assad. (Associated Press)

    U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria

    The United States has had limited success cutting off funding to the al Qaeda-linked fighters and foreign jihadists flowing into Syria — in part because of a lack of cooperation on the part of Middle Eastern allies, Intelligence and national security community sources say.

  • A damaged vehicle smolders after firefighters extinguish a fire on it following two mortar rounds struck the Abu Roumaneh area in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Syria’s state news agency said two mortar rounds struck an upscale neighborhood in the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing at least one child and injuring a dozen people. (AP Photo)

    Mortar shells hit near chemical inspectors' hotel in Syria, killing child

    Two mortar shells hit Syria's capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said.

  • ** FILE ** In this Wednesday Sept. 7, 2011, file photo Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) comments on Libya during a press conference in The Hague . The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to stop the chemical warfare that has haunted the world from Hitler's gas chambers to the battlefields of Syria.

  • ** FILE ** A Syrian man mourns over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces, according to activists, in Douma town, near Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Media Office of Douma City)

    U.N.: Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons program begins

    International inspectors began destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, a United Nations official said Sunday, racing under a tight deadline aiming to eliminate President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program within nine months.

  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syria’s Bashar Assad mulls third run for presidency

    Syria President Bashar Assad may be at the heart of two-plus years of violent protests with rebel forces in his country, but that doesn't mean he's dampened his political aspirations. The beleaguered leader said he's mulling another run at the high office.

  • A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his son outside their home in Habit village, the Syrian central province of Hama, Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013. (AP Photo)

    U.N. votes to destroy Syrian chemical weapons stockpile

    The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Friday night to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons — putting the weight of previously divided world powers behind the recent deal between the U.S. and Russia to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad into giving up his chemical stockpile.

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