Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spurned any hopes of negotiations in the war in Syria, calling rebels terrorists. the international community responsed with concern and anger at Assad's speech, his first in public in more than half a year.
Egypt's president and interior minister have warned that security forces will crack down on planned anti-government demonstrations. Popular anger smolders over plans to sell disputed islands to Saudi Arabia.
Representatives of President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian opposition have contradicted each other at peace talks in Geneva. Leaders are hoping to achieve a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
A ninth day of aerial bombardments in the northern city has left several more people dead, with the Syrian regime excluding it from a temporary ceasefire. The Red Cross has warned of a possible humanitarian disaster.
Syrian monitors say at least 28 people have been killed in airstrikes on a makeshift refugee camp close to the border with Turkey. The attack on Sarmada, in Syrian rebel-held territory, follows more deaths in Homs.
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