Forever together: The conjoined twins who are separated but inseparable three years after operation which saved their lives Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf were given virtually no hope of lifeSeparated by surgeons at London's University College Hospital in 2009Mother Angie says they still sleep holding hands as they did in womb | UPDATED: 15:52 GMT, 1 January 2013 The first time she saw them they were holding hands in her womb. The scan showed two little boys facing seemingly impossible odds – conjoined twins given virtually no hope of life.
Danger UXB: Dud bomb drops in Syrian civil war Fighters have arrived in Syria from 29 countries around the world so far More and more civilians try to arm themselves in 21-month-old conflict Conduct by both sides is 'increasingly in breach of international law' | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 Fighters from 29 countries have so far filtered into Syria to join a civil war split along sectarian lines, a UN report warns. Divisions between the ruling Alawite community and the majority Sunni Muslims have reduced prospects of a reconciliation even if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, the report said. And the influx of foreign fighters raises the risk of the war spilling into neighbouring countries, riven by the same sectarian fault lines.
Syrian 'dictator' Bashar al-Assad 'cannot win', says his OWN vice president Farouq al-Sharaa says neither Assad nor the rebels can can win the warBattle now being fought on outskirts of Assad's powerbase in DamascusMost prominent figure to say in public that Assad will not win | UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 17 December 2012 President Bashar al-Assad can not win the Syrian war according to his own vice president. Farouq al-Sharaa said that neither the forces of the president or rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war which is now being fought on the outskirts of Assad's powerbase in Damascus. Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by Assad's Alawite minority, has rarely been seen since the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011 and is not part of the president's inner circle directing the fight against Sunni rebels.
Staggering bravery of the boy, 17, who risked his life to rescue stranger shot by a sniper in Syria only to find she was dead Teenager's selfless attempt to rescue the woman filmed in Aleppo Russia says President Assad is losing control of the country to the rebels Syrian government denies firing scud missiles at rebel areas MSF – also known as Doctors Without Borders – says tens of thousands of Syrians are trapped by fighting in Deir al-ZorReports that survivors in Aleppo are being starved out by Assad's regime | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 14 December 2012 Body pressed flat against the pavement, a 17-year-old boy is caught on film putting his own life in danger to rescue a total stranger shot by a sniper in Syria. The woman had been walking through the streets of war torn Aleppo with her son when a gunman opened fire and shot her. Rebel fighter Abdullah, 17, spotted the woman and decided he had to get her to safety.
Syrian government forces fire Scud missiles at insurgents in north of the country in escalation of two-year conflictPresident Bashar Assad's forces fire six missiles at rebel forcesFirst time missiles have been used in bloody conflict New Syrian coalition opposition approved by more than 100 nations | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 13 December 2012 The Syrian government has escalated hostilities with rebel forces after firing more than six scud missiles. The attacks are thought to have been the first time President Bashar Assad's military has used missiles to attack insurgents during the two-year conflict