U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Jordan today for talks with Mideast and European allies to promote a negotiated end to the crisis in Syria, as government and rebel forces battle for control of the strategic city of Al-Qusair.
Turkish police arrested nine suspects in connection with an attack that killed 46 people in a town near the Syrian border, as the government blamed the twin car bombings on Turks with ties to Syrian intelligence.
Syrian activists reported disruptions to phone, Internet and electricity connections in areas where protests have broken out, after authorities vowed to crush what they called a conspiracy against the regime.
Syria’s increasingly violent suppression of anti-government protests drew condemnation from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon , who called for an external inquiry, and European Union countries.
Six protesters, including four women, were shot and killed in the Syrian port city of Banias yesterday as government forces continued to repress demonstrations there, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.