A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
There are few other countries like Lebanon where domestic affairs are so affected by regional calamities. With Hezbollah still fighting across the border in Syria, Lebanon is struggling with political deadlock.
With portraits of children in Syria’s civil war, Swedish photojournalist Niclas Hammarstrom has won UNICEF’s award for the top image of 2013. The picture shows an 11-year-old girl wounded in a bomb attack.
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.
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