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The British Red Cross's disaster response manager reports on the challenges facing aid agencies in and around Syria

Syria air force strikes 'kill 43'

Government air strikes on rebel areas in northern Syria killed at least 43 people and flattened buildings, forcing residents to search mounds of rubble for bodies trapped underneath, anti-regime activists say.

Putin must see that Assad is doomed

The gravity of the humanitarian crisis must be matched by the donor response.

Britain sought Jordanian pardon for Abu Qatada, tribunal hears

Ministers had a 'Plan B' to find out when the King of Jordan could intervene if overtures to Amman failed

Home Office ministers 'sought Abu Qatada pardon from Jordan'

Home Office ministers sought a pardon for Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada in a bid to deport him from the UK, a tribunal has heard.

US has sent forces to Jordan-Syria border, says Leon Panetta

The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today.

Demonstrators take to the streets of Amman yesterday

Jordan: Demonstrators call for boycott of election

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets yesterday to call for a boycott of forthcoming elections. The protest was seen as a direct challenge to King Abdullah II, who hopes that parliament-led reform will stave off an Arab Spring-style uprising.

Birth of a nation: Adan raises an improvised Israeli flag at Eilat in
March 1949, indicating the end of the War of Independence

General Avraham Adan: Soldier who raised the 'Ink Flag' that signalled the birth of Israel

He was one of the few generals to survive public criticism after the Yom Kippur War in 1973

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to become first Australian to win 100 caps

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is set to become the first Australian to win 100 international caps after being named in the Socceroos squad for their World Cup qualifier against Jordan next month.

Syrian vice president makes public appearance ending defection rumours

Syrian vice president Farouk Al-Sharaa has made his first public appearance in several weeks, ending rumours that he had defected.

Jordan withdraws athletes from Paralympics over alleged sex offences during pre-Games training in Northern Ireland

Three members of the Jordanian Paralympic squad charged with sex offences will not be taking part in the Games, organisers have confirmed.

Jordan protests to Syria over artillery shelling

Jordan has sternly criticised Syria for artillery shelling on its northern border which injured a Jordanian girl and panicked other civilians.

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Robert Pattinson to play Lawrence of Arabia

Robert Pattinson is to follow in the footsteps of great British actor Peter O'Toole, by playing Lawrence Of Arabia.

The former Baath Party chief, Riad Hijab, was Governor of Lattakia early in the uprising

Abandon Assad urges ex-Syrian PM Riad Hijab

Syria's former prime minister has appealed for other senior officials to abandon president Bashar Assad in his first public comments since defecting.

Formation of a breakaway Alawite state may be Assad's 'Plan B' if he loses control of Syrian capital Damascus

The seperate state could run along the Syrian coast the King of Jordan has warned.

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