Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Monday that "no power in the world could defeat Syria", amid media reports about the army's "cleansing" of insurgents in the northern Idlib province and clashes elsewhere in the country.
Well-informed Palestinian sources revealed that arrangements were launched on Monday to open the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and take samples of his remains for an investigation into the reasons behind his death.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) shake hands with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (R) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as they pose for photos at Presidential Palace in New Delhi, capital of India, on Nov 12, 2012.
Iran launched large-scale air defence drills in the country's eastern half on Monday, Iranian media reported, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over a military incident in the Gulf reported last week.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during an official ceremony marking the 8th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Nov 11, 2012.
A Turkish woman carries a national flag and a portrait at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the revered founding father of the modern Turkish Republic in 1923, during a ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of his death in Ankara, Turkey, on Nov 10, 2012.