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Syria crackdown gets bloodier amid regime isolation

More than 70 people died in one of the bloodiest days of the eight-month Syrian uprising, activists said on Tuesday, as the growing isolation of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime drew an increasingly angry reaction from his loyalists. More than 100 of his supporters stormed the Jordanian embassy in Damascus overnight — the fourth…

McCain suggests U.S. military intervention in Syria

DEAD SEA, Jordan — US Senator John McCain raised the prospect Sunday of possible armed intervention to protect civilians in Syria where a crackdown on pro-democracy protests has killed more than 3,000 people. “Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military…

Obama: Israel Palestinian talks ‘more vital than ever’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that political turmoil battering the Middle East made it “more vital than ever” that Israel and the Palestinians get back to the negotiating table. Despite a mood of deep pessimism surrounding Obama’s peace drive, in Israel, in Washington and in the Palestinian…

Top US military commander to visit Israel, Jordan

WASHINGTON – The top US military commander will visit Israel and Jordan Sunday and Monday to reaffirm US support following the collapse of the presidency of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen will begin his trip in Amman where he will meet…

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