Assad's highest ranking military police officer defects Syrian regime and flees to TurkeyGen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal said army has become a 'gang for killing'The defection comes as military pressure builds on the regime from rebel assault He appeared in a video on Al Arabiya TV saying he is joining 'the people’s revolution' | UPDATED: 19:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 The man who heads Syria’s military police has joined the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime, Maj.
From Bethlehem to the Garden of Gethsemane, the biblical locations photographed in 1862 to prove to the English they really did exist | UPDATED: 17:41 GMT, 17 December 2012 A photograph taken during a royal visit to Bethlehem to prove the biblical city's existence will be going on display among photographs and diary extracts from a royal tour 150 years ago. Queen Victoria's eldest son King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, was sent on an educational trip to the Middle East in 1862, accompanied by Francis Bedford – the first photographer on a royal tour
Horrific footage shows 'Syrian rebels' forcing boy to behead captive with sword WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENTDisturbing video is purportedly the work of the Free Syrian ArmyBoy is egged on by older men chanting Allahu Akbar', or 'God is great'Rebels said to have taken control of a military base close to Damascus | UPDATED: 15:31 GMT, 11 December 2012 It is perhaps the most disturbing piece of video footage to emerge out of the Syrian crisis to date. A young boy is egged on by a group of older men, believed to be rebel fighters, and filmed hacking the head off a man who is lying on the ground. An older man is then seen picking up the head before placing it on top of the body like a macabre trophy