German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called Friday for a non-military U.N. resolution and tough sanctions as a way of piling pressure on the Syrian regime to stop a deadly crackdown on opposition.
At a meeting in Paris seeking to coordinate Western and Arab efforts to stop the violence, he stressed that a peaceful and democratic transition "excludes a political role for (President Bashar) Assad."Full Story
The head of the main opposition Syrian National Council on Friday called for humanitarian corridors and a no-fly zone as over 100 nations met in Paris to discuss an end to the 16-month bloody crisis.
"All steps have to be taken to establish a humanitarian corridor and a no-fly zone," Abdel Basset Sayda said, claiming that the regime of President Bashar Assad "is about to fall."Full Story
Turkish leaders observed a moment of silence Friday at the funeral of two pilots of a fighter jet shot down by Syria last month in an incident that has escalated tensions between the two former allies.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan interrupted his vacation to attend the ceremony at the Erhac airbase, from which the F-4 Phantom took off before Syrian defense forces downed it over the Mediterranean Sea on June 22.Full Story
A world meeting on Syria urged the U.N. Friday to use the threat of sanctions to force change in Syria as President Bashar Assad was rocked by the defection of one of his most senior generals.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also rounded on Russia and China, telling delegates from over 100 countries gathered in Paris that the two veto-wielding U.N. Security Council members were blocking progress towards peace.Full Story
A top general close to Syria's President Bashar Assad has defected, in a move hailed by Washington and the Syrian opposition as a major blow to Damascus, a source close to the regime told Agence France Presse on Friday.
"General Manaf Tlass defected three days ago," the source close to the Syrian government said on condition of anonymity.Full Story
Two key figures of the Syrian opposition against President Bashar Assad are due in Moscow next week as Russia seeks to promote dialogue as the way out of the Syrian crisis, a report said Friday.
Russia on Wednesday will host the new head of the exiled Syrian National Council (SNC), Abdel Basset Sayda, a Foreign Ministry source told the Interfax news agency.Full Story
Troops rained shells on the central Syrian town of Daraya on Friday, killing at least one civilian, a day after nationwide violence cost the lives of more than 90 people, a rights watchdog reported.
Amateur video posted on YouTube and distributed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights showed medical officials trying in vain to treat a bloodied person at Daraya, in the province of Damascus.Full Story
Sudan's opposition parties have pledged to step up anti-regime protests and press for a multi-party system, their alliance said on Thursday.
About 17 political parties signed the charter on Wednesday, along with non-governmental organizations and individuals, said Farouk Abu Issa, head of the opposition coalition.Full Story
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she regretted decisions by China and Russia to boycott a "Friends of Syria" group meeting but that other world powers should not fall silent as a result.
"It is not a good sign when two powers do not take part in such conferences," Merkel told reporters after talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati, when asked about the gathering Friday in Paris.Full Story
A fire ravaged a depot containing electoral material in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, an official of the national electoral commission said on Thursday.
"The fire happened before sunrise. All the material, including ballot boxes and ballots, was destroyed," said the official, adding that the cause of the fire was unknown.Full Story