Gowan also added to the news service that Despite Annan's personal profile, the key to successful mediation is for him to have genuine political support from across the international system. If the Russians and Chinese don't give him sufficient support, Assad and his supporters are likely to refuse to talk seriously.
Syria and other war-torn nations have seen an increasing number of experienced correspondents willing to risk their lives to tell tales of terror. According to a research conducted by the Committee to Protect Journalists, nearly nine out of every ten reporters are killed worldwide while on assignment.
Somalia is not the only country known for inflicting such horror on children. During a period of intensified Palestinian–Israeli violence that started in 2000, gunmen surrounded themselves with children while shooting on Israeli forces. Various other reports have also suggested that the Taliban used women and children from their own communities as human shields against coalition forces around the year 2006.
Millions across the world are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Apple's iPad 3 which, according to reports, is looking at an early March release.
London Fashion Week 2012: Salma Hayek, Rosie Huntington and Bollywood's Own Sonam Kapoor Steal the Spotlight (PHOTOS)
Far from the ramp, a very fresh faced Rosie Huntington-Whiteley talked about her love for Burberry: It's like working with family, Christopher [Bailey] is the best person I've ever met in my whole career and I love working with him, the model said in a statement on the Telegraph.
Recent reports have indicated that Assad’s once-unshakable grip on power might soon crumble, with the Syrian regime running out of funds to maintain the Shabiha militia. As a consequence, the group may turn its back on the regime, thereby leading Assad to lose control on the ground. The U.S has already imposed tough sanctions on Damascus in response to the crackdown, according to reports.
The incident comes nearly a week after the deadly blaze in Honduras' prison that killed more than 350 inmates. Mexico's prisons are long known to be overcrowded and a majority of the inmates are usually gang members.
While tech enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for Apple's upcoming iPad 3, officials at the Cupertino headquarters are apparently working hard on making the third generation tablet a stupefying success.
Here’s a gallery of pictures and a video below, which show North Korea celebrating the late ruler’s 70th birthday on Thursday.
Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner reporting for the New York Times, died Thursday in Syria. The American reporter, of Lebanese origin, leaves behind a wife and two children.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is eager to show the world that he has what it takes to lead the world's second-largest economy once he's elected as President. Jinping's official visit to Washington on Tuesday has catapulted him into the international spotlight, thus providing the first glimpse of the man most likely to be China's next leader.
Have a look at China's then and now here in pictures.
Amid soaring food prices, a quarter of a billion parents are forced to cut back on food and stop sending their children to school, aid agency Save the Children said in a report.
The summit comes a day right after Moody's downgraded its ratings for Italy, Spain and Portugal, with a negative outlook for France, Britain and Austria.
Operation Cobra Gold 2012: U.S. Marines Drink Cobra Blood and Eat Deadly Insects at Training Camp in Thailand [PHOTOS]
A series of gruesome photos showed U.S. Marines drinking cobra blood, eating insects and even beheading live chickens as part of a bizarre jungle survival course in Thailand, Daily Mail reported. According to Army.nil, the exercise program will end on Feb. 17.
Though sex scandals involving celebrities and sages are not new in India, yet the latest scandal involving three ministers watching porn in the legislative assembly comes as a stark revelation of the double standards of the politicians in the country.
We should start considering all options, including arming the opposition, said the 2008 presidential candidate. The bloodletting has got to stop, Republican Senator John McCain said in a statement on AFP.
Check out the video of Iran's future assassins by clicking on this link here: Ninja army
South Korean electronics giant Samsung might roll out a 7mm-thick Galaxy S3 sometime in May 2012, the rumor mills suggest.
Battery issues are a pertinent concern many Lumia 800 users. In the light of these concerns, Nokia's UK Web site has provided quite a number of tips.
The table tennis prodigy is certainly on his way to greatness, with Buddell on his side. Meanwhile, check on Little Jamie in action!
Here are a handful of the top ten unforgettable ads that had the whole nation ranting about for years.
Apple's recent statement that it may not introduce ARM-based Macs in the future has led CNET to believe that Apple's highly anticipated iPad 3 may arrive with a keyboard option.
Facebook IPO Filing Lists Zuckerberg as Threat: Will the Founder Kill the Multi-Billion Dollar Company?
As with most companies going public, Facebook's IPO filing Wednesday brought to light the company's financials and other astonishing revelations that could either make or break the multi-billion dollar business.
For many Americans, 2011 ended on a somewhat pessimistic note. Income barely rose and consumers tapped their savings during the crucial Christmas season. Despite things looking ahead for 2012, chances of an economic recession have urged many people to lookout for a job with better perks.
Apple's breakthrough achievement in the tech world is a result of its ground breaking platform in the form of iPhone and iPad which were launched in the past few years.
Leaked report exposes ties between Pakistan security forces and Taliban and warns rebels prepared for post-Nato control of Afghanistan.
Take a look at the couple who present a perfect picture of happiness.
Here's a look at some of the striking pictures of the world-famous Vampire Woman and other tattoo aficionados, bound to leave you aghast.
Final Moments of Australian Open 2012: Djokovic Goes Shirtless After Winning Epic Battle With Rafael Nadal
The World No. 1 will go for the Nole Slam at Roland Garros in May.