Israeli and Syrian troops exchanged fire across their tense cease-fire line in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, prompting an Israeli threat.
Hezbollah was pulled more deeply into Syria's civil war as 28 guerrillas from the Lebanese Shiite militant group were killed.
John Kerry is headed back to the Middle East to press his case for peace talks between Syrian rebels and President Bashar Assad's regime.
Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes have launched an assault on a strategic rebel-held town killing at least 30 people.
The United States' Obama administration denounced Russia on Friday for providing Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime with anti-ship missiles.
Bombs ripped through Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas Friday, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months.
Rights activists have found torture devices and other evidence of abuse in government prisons in the first Syrian city to fall to the rebels.
A Syrian activist group says rebels have withdrawn from a prison in the northern city of Aleppo after heavy fighting with government troops.
Syrian rebels attacked the main prison in the northern city of Aleppo Wednesday with a pair of car bombs.
Syrian rebels and Islamic fighters have joined forces in a push to reopen an arms supply route and retake a key town near Damascus.
A New Zealand Defence Force peacekeeper has been released after a five-hour abduction in a contentious Israeli border area.
Syria's main opposition bloc wants to consult its allies before deciding to join a US-Russia initiative.
Syrian rebels have released four Filipino UN peacekeepers they abducted from the Golan Heights last week.
Turkey's prime minister vowed Sunday his country won't be drawn into Syria's civil war.
In one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years, two car bombs exploded near the border with Syria yesterday, killing 43 and wounding 140 others.
Syrian rebels on Saturday cut a newly built bypass road linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, an activist group said
Turkey is testing injured Syrians seeking treatment across the border for chemical weapon wounds, the foreign minister said Thursday [local time].
Anti-regime activists say Syrian warplanes are pounding rebel positions in two northern provinces.
Internet service was restored in Syria, after a countrywide outage cut off the country from the rest of the world for nearly 20 hours.
The United States and Russia pledged yesterday to set aside more than two years of differences over Syria's civil war.
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