At least 54 people were killed when a Syrian air strike hit a fuel station in the northern province of al-Raqqa, an area of heavy fighting between government and rebel forces, a British-based monitoring group said.
The Syrian opposition leader met Russia's foreign minister in Germany today and said he would also hold talks with the Iranian foreign minister, opening a window to a possible breakthrough in efforts to broker an end to Syria's civil war.
Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa said that neither the forces of President Bashar al-Assad nor rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war which is now being fought on the outskirts of Assad's powerbase in Damascus.
Rebels began to push into a strategic town in Syria's central Hama province today and laid siege to at least one town dominated by President Bashar al-Assad's minority sect, activists said.
Syrian armed forces launched a renewed offensive in the northern city of Aleppo today, state media said, a day after 87 people were killed in explosions at the city's university.
Violence erupted in two Syrian provinces today, with a rights group reporting 10 civilians dead in an army mortar attack and 12 soldiers killed in a fire-fight with rebel gunmen as UN monitors sought to shore up a shaky ceasefire.
Rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Aleppo promised a counter-attack today after losing ground earlier and residents fled in cars crammed with belongings during a lull in fighting.
Syrian rebels fired mortars at President Bashar al-Assad's palace in Damascus today but missed, in an attack underlining the growing boldness of forces fighting to end his family's 42 years in power.
Two poets, one Swedish and the other Syrian, are leading the betting to win the 2011 Nobel Literature prize, a bookmaker said today, though past prizes have often defied the predictions.