Rebels declared the battle to "liberate" Damascus has begun as heavy fighting raged across the city on Tuesday and Russia said an agreement is possible for a UN resolution on the Syria crisis.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will use chemical weapons against opposition forces and may have already deployed them, Nawaf Fares.
Syria's army blasted rebel strongholds in Damascus with mortars Sunday, sparking the "most intense" fighting in the capital since the revolt erupted 16 months ago.
Shelling and fighting in the central Syrian province of Homs killed at least five people on Saturday, including a pregnant woman and two rebels.
Two people have died and 26 others have been infected by an outbreak of cholera in the city of Gao, northern Mali, a region occupied by hardline Islamist groups.
Poring over pictures of bullet-riddled bodies and charred villages, peace mediators say Myanmar's far north is writhing in the grip of a "resource war" with no end in sight.
The state of emergency has been lifted in Zhanaozen at 7:00 a.m. on January 31.
Zhanaozen policemen are promising to quit if their three colleagues are convicted for abuse of power during clashes on December 16.
200 workers involved in construction of West Europe - West China in Kyzylorda oblast stopped their protests and went back to work.
Zhanaozen development was discussed at an extended meeting in Aktau.
Akim of Mangistau oblast told about plans for Zhanaozen.
Zhanaozen residents will get compensated for cars burnt during riots.
1,308 job applications were received as of January 4.
Early winter vacation was announced from December 19 to January 4 due to the emergency situation and curfew introduced following the public unrest December 16.
A special center for acceptance of the residents’ applications has been opened in Zhanaozen.
Over 1,000 people are involved in restoration construction works in Zhanaozen.
State of emergency was announced in Zhanaozen on December 17. It was scheduled to last until 7:00 a.m. January 5, 2012.
742 applications for employment have been received from former employees of Ozenmunaigas.
115 people are restoring the town administration building in Zhanaozen.
Zhanaozen residents talk about current situation in the town.