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Syrian rebel forces occupied a second border post with Turkey on Sunday, three days after taking control of the frontier crossing of Bab al-Hawa, while Syrian forces regained control of a border crossing along the northern frontier with Iraq.
Amateur video distributed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog group showed armed men carrying the flag of the Syrian uprising at the Al-Salama border crossing.Full Story
One more Syrian general crossed into Turkey overnight, bringing to 25 the number of generals who have fled the unrest in Syria, a foreign ministry diplomat told Agence France Presse on Sunday.
Turkey has given sanctuary to dozens of army defectors who have formed the Free Syrian Army in opposition to President Bahsar Assad's regime.Full Story
French President Francois Hollande on Sunday acknowledged his country's culpability in rounding up thousands of Jews to be sent to Nazi death camps during World War II.
"This was a crime committed in France and by France," Hollande said at a ceremony to mark the July 1942 detentions of over 13,000 foreign Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris for deportation to Auschwitz and other camps.Full Story
A Syrian force infiltrated on Sunday into Lebanon’s eastern border region of Masharii al-Qaa and opened sporadic fire among the residents of the area.
Security sources told MTV channel that the Syrian force is formed of 30 troops and infiltrated 500 meters into Lebanese territories.Full Story
Troops staged a mutiny near Madagascar's main airport on Sunday, forcing the suspension of all flights, but the situation is now under control, the defense minister said.
Gunfire erupted at a military base near Antananarivo international airport at 6:00 am (03:00 GMT) and abated after four hours but then resumed intermittently, scaring off dozens of curious spectators, an Agence France Presse journalist said.Full Story
Maronite Partiarch Beshara al-Rahi urged Christians on Sunday to play a positive role in resolving the crises in Lebanon on the levels of economy, politics and peace.
“The Lebanese need to be reassured and to get out from the worrisome state that they have reached,” al-Rahi said during Sunday mass at the patriarchal at his Diman summer residence.Full Story
An autopsy on a suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver in Bulgaria show he was different from an "Arab-looking" suspect cited by witnesses, a doctor said on Sunday.
Galina Mileva, who was involved in the post-mortem examination, told BNT television on Sunday that the man "had a white face, light eyes, and very thick brown hair. The facial bones were shattered in the explosion."Full Story
A top U.S. official said on Sunday that Washington has given $100 million in aid to Jordan to help host tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled the unrest back home and taken refuge in the kingdom.
U.S. ambassador to Jordan, E. Jones, said that the U.S. aid will also help Jordan meet its growing energy needs in light of the repeated cut-offs occurring from unstable gas supplies from Egypt.Full Story
Yemen said on Sunday it has placed its security services on high alert to prevent "terrorist" attacks after it uncovered a plot to launch assaults against security and military checkpoints.
"The ministry of interior has ordered security services across provinces as well as in the capital to increase their alertness in military and security positions to prevent any expected terrorist attacks," the ministry said.Full Story
More than 19,000 people have been killed in violence in Syria since the outbreak of an anti-regime revolt last year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.
"At least 19,106 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since March last year," the Observatory's Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France Presse.Full Story