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Countdown to collapse: Syria watchers and Twitter analyst say next 36 hours could make or break Assad regime

Analyst appears to use trending Twitter terms to estimate that Assad's regime might collapse within the next two days.

Jordan TV show turns violent as MP pulls gun on political opponent - live

Politics got intense on Friday in Jordan, where a member of Parliament pulled a gun on an opposition activist on live television.  A heated debate between MP Mohammed Shawabka and political activist and former MP Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad over the Syrian regime, broadcast on the Jo Sat televison network, turned into a noisy, incensed shouting match before live audiences.

Top Hamas official assassinated in Damascus

Kamal Ghanaja previously served as an aide to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas member killed in Dubai two years ago in what was widely believed to have been an operation by the Israeli secret service, Mossad.

Syria fired on second plane, says Turkey

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said, "Syria reacted to the breach. We had to react immediately. Even if the plane was Syrian, we would have shot it down."

Turkish warplane has been shot down by Syria (UPDATE)

The military said it lost radio and radar contact with the plane after it took off from an airbase in the province of Malatya on Friday morning.

Clashes in northern Lebanon leave at least 9 dead

Gun battles accompanied by rocket fire broke out in Tripoli in the early hours of Saturday morning, with some residents forced to leave their homes to escape the violence.

Syrian rebel group claims kidnap of Lebanese Shia pilgrims

About a dozen Lebanese men were kidnapped by gunmen earlier this month while travelling by bus in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, a stronghold of the mainly Sunni Muslim opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s Shi’ite regime.

Syrian army 'loses 23 soldiers' in assault on city of Rastan

If the numbers are accurate the attack would represent one of the worst losses of life for the security forces in the 14-month-long uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

France says UN should consider force in Syria if peace plan fails

Speaking after a meeting Wednesday with Syrian dissidents in Paris, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said: “We cannot allow the [Damascus] regime to defy us.” 
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