In an interview with Russian TV, Bashar al-Assad rejected offers of safe passage to another country in exchange for halting the civil war.
A group of nuns held by Syrian rebels since December has been set free. The Greek Orthodox nuns were released as part of a rare prisoner exchange deal between the rebels and Syria's government.
In Syria, the regime and Islamists publish videos demonstrably showing their human rights violations. Mid-East expert Bente Scheller of the Heinrich Böll Foundation explains the intentions behind this in a DW interview.
Saudi Arabia has listed the Muslim Brotherhood and a number of other groups as terrorist organizations. The Brotherhood has been the target of many Gulf nations since Egypt's Mohammed Morsi was ousted last July.
Lebanon: there are few other countries where domestic affairs are so affected by regional calamities. With Hezbollah still fighting across the border in Syria, the government in Beirut is in deadlock.
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