A ferocious bombing campaign by government forces targets hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds.
If Russia was involved, it may be a sign of Vladimir Putin’s determination to assert the prerogatives of his nation's sphere of influence in Syria.
“Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel,” Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said, vowing that his country would do “whatever is necessary" in defense.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reacts by saying a humanitarian cease-fire is "not realistic" because "the terrorists" are keeping up attacks.
The airman reportedly is slain on the ground in an exchange of gunfire with militants trying to capture him. A British-based group has confirmed his death.
The offensive has heightened tensions in the already complicated Syrian conflict, threatening to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the U.S.
The breach ends a humanitarian crisis for the estimated 70,000 people in Deir el-Zour who survived on erratic air drops of food and supplies.
More than 600 people showed up at Waiakea High School in Hilo to hear the Democratic congresswoman speak about homelessness, decriminalizing marijuana, health care, Syria, North Korea and other topics.