December 18, 2012 They were captured last Thursday. On Monday, as they were being driven to a new location, their captors ran into rebels. The journalists were freed after a firefight. Engel believes the captors were gunman loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime.
December 14, 2012 American officials tell NPR that Syria's preparations are more extensive than previously reported. The U.S. and NATO are preparing for ways to address the chemical weapons threat.
December 14, 2012 The Syrian opposition is running many local councils, particularly in the north of the country. They face urgent challenges, such as providing food, and are counting on increased international assistance to help them function.
December 14, 2012 Islamist groups have been well-organized and have been winning the political battles to create a new Egypt. This could propel them to a victory in the vote on the new constitution when balloting begins Saturday.
December 14, 2012 Germany and the Netherlands are also sending such defense systems, which are being put in place to defend against possible missile firings from Syria. The move ramps up the U.S. role in guarding against a widening of the crisis.
December 13, 2012 M75 fragrances for men and women get their name from rockets fired from Gaza into Israel in November. Sales have been soaring, shopkeepers say. No, they don't smell like rocket fuel. They're citrus-scented.
December 13, 2012 For the first time, a top Russian diplomat has said that the Syrian president may be toppled. Coming from a country that has been among Assad's strongest supporters, the words are significant, analysts say.
December 12, 2012 The development comes at a time when the fighting has been intensifying and the rebels appear to be gaining momentum in the battle against President Bashar Assad.