» 08/14/2012, 00.00
Assad regime collapsing, ex prime minister says
At a press conference in Amman (Jordan), Hijab said the government is in control of only 30 per cent of the territory. He calls on Syrian political leaders and officials to break away from the regime. Assad's special envoy is in Beijing to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
Riad Sargi, a Catholic engineer, and his family have remained in Syria, waiting for peace
Hailing from Damascus, Riad Sargi has not left his country despite the war. At the World Meeting of Families, he received a copy of the Gospel from the pope. He calls his homeland "the cradle of Christianity" and views his task as helping the poor, the old and the abandoned. For him, living with Muslims is possible.
Akram al-Bunni, a Christian, a Communist dissident and critic of Assad, arrested
Jailed several times for about 20 years for criticising the Assad regime and calling for a democratic transformation of society, last year he called on Syria's minorities not to use fear of radical Islam to endorse the Assad dictatorship.
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As jihadist rebels burn two Catholic churches in ar-Raqqah, Assad's enemies openly split
Fundamentalists target the Greek Catholic Church of the Annunciation and the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs, destroying the cross on the bell tower of one of them and raising the Islamist flag, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights laments. As divisions grow within the anti-Assad opposition, fundamentalist groups reject the authority of the Syrian National Council, trying instead to impose Sharia. The Security Council is ready to adopt a resolution on the destruction of Assad's chemical weapons with the support of Russia and the United States.
As the war comes to Syrian Kurdistan, Ankara envisages military action
A suicide bomber hits Qamishli, killing four and wounding scores. The city was one of the few places left under total government control. Turkish foreign minister suggests establishing a buffer zone on the Syrian border, and does not exclude "humanitarian" military action. Rebels set fire to the Old City of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Assad's army set to reconquer Homs
About 70 per cent of rebel-held areas have been destroyed. According to Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the ground and air offensive against Homs, the country's third largest city and a symbol of rebellion since March 2011, continues.
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