The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border in a
major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now
threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old
insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.
At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of
houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said,
expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.
Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a
massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination"
of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United
Nations investigators said.
Rescuers pulled two survivors from the rubble of a Taiwan
apartment block more than 48 hours after it was toppled by an
earthquake, but the mayor of the southern city of Tainan
warned the death toll was likely to exceed 100.