Amnesty International accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces on Monday of perpetrating war crimes as part of a siege in southern Damascus which has killed nearly 200 people, mostly by starvation. Yarmouk, once home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees and Syrian nationals, is one of several districts on the edge of the Syrian capital which the army has surrounded to choke off rebel forces seeking Assad's overthrow. "The Syrian government has committed numerous war crimes as part of the siege of Yarmouk," Amnesty said in a report released on Monday.
NOME, Alaska (AP) — As Jeff King attempts to hold off other mushers in the last stages of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the town famous for the finish line is getting ready for the teams to come in.
US Vice President Joe Biden has canceled a scheduled visit to the Dominican Republic to attend a meeting in Washington with Ukraine's prime minister, a spokesman said Monday. Biden was in Santiago, Chile, where he met with departing President Sebastian Pinera and Michelle Bachelet, who takes office on Tuesday.