World Bulletin / News Desk
Amateur video posted on You Tube on Monday showed images of 20 dead Syrian soldiers, blindfolded and handcuffed, after they were apparently executed in the northern city of Aleppo.
Two videos showed the dead men dressed in army fatigues and kneeling in a long line along a road with their bloodied heads lying on the pavement.
It was not possible to verify the authenticity of the videos.
Rami Abdulrahman, head of the British-based opposition watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that four people in Aleppo had told him of the incident which happened on either Friday or Saturday.
"The soldiers were from the Aleppo district of Sekenat Hanano but they were killed in the district of Sabaa Baharat," he said by telephone.
The videos showed rebel fighters holding assault rifles standing around the dead men, calling them "(President Bashar al-) Assad's Dogs."
"The Suleiman al-Farisi brigade ... killed several members from the (state) security," a man said off camera, filming a car with the name of the brigade written on the bonnet.
The Suleiman al-Farisi brigade, from the northern town of al-Bab, is one of several units from Aleppo province that have taken up arms against Assad and pushed into the region's capital, Syria's commercial hub and most populous city, in July.
Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights blamed on Monday both sides in the Syrian conflict for human rights violations and said that justice would eventually catch up with them.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 27,300 people have died in an uprising to topple Assad that has lasted more than 17 months, including about 19,500 civilians and rebel fighters, 1,100 army deserters and 6,700 soldiers and members of the security forces.
State media said "millions" of people joined the rallies nationwide, which were called to mark Iran's annual day of solidarity with Palestinians.
At least three women and a three-year-old child were among those killed.
Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades was enraged when Turkish Cypriot president Dervis Eroglu refused to accept certain proposed terms, raising his voice, slamming his fist and throwing his glasses across the room in anger.
Jordanian government spokesman said the "aerial target was shot after being intercepted" when it violated Jordanian air space near the northern border city of Mafraq.
U.N. health agency said that four hospitals, including al Aqsa hospital in the coastal strip, had been damaged in the conflict that began on July 8 when Israel launched air strikes
Yatseniuk, Ukraine's point man for the West during much of the turmoil in the country since November, tendered his resignation on Thursday, saying parliament was betraying its people's demands
Brazil called the escalation of violence "unacceptable" and recalled its ambassador for consultations.
The problem has become so great that more than 10 military airfields have been forced to close or move.
More than 30 Palestinians were also injured with live ammunition fired by Israeli troops.
Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday.
Two of the detainees are Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper the Nation
Peter Greste was detained in December together with Al Jazeera English Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed.
The bombing comes only one day after 40 people were killed by twin blasts in neighboring Kaduna State.
Al-Thinni was due to attend a series of meetings in Libya's eastern region.
A security source said late on Thursday that civil defense personnel had managed to retrieve the bodies of eight people who died in the butane gas cylinder blast in the town of Malawi.
Around 40 of Gaza's 75 ambulances had stopped working because of the lack of fuel.