Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has warned Syria risks becoming a new Somalia as he voiced pessimism at any quick solution to the bloodshed.
Fighting has erupted in a Damascus suburb and around a Syrian army base as a truce marking a Muslim holiday crumbled almost before it had begun.
International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned the Syria conflict risks setting the region "ablaze" as clashes broke out across with Lebanon.
Samar Yazbek was named by British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as international "writer of courage" with whom she will share the Pen/Pinter prize.
More than 305 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, making it the bloodiest single day of the 18-month revolt, an NGO has revealed.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has issued a strong rebuke over security council inaction, saying world leaders "should not look the other way".
In the bleak, windswept landscape of the swelling Za'atari camp in Jordan, child refugees are struggling to cope with the horrors of Syria's war.
Jihadi veterans of Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan have joined up with foreign idealists on the frontline of Aleppo against Syria's Bashar al-Assad.
Iran has confirmed for the first time that forces from its revolutionary guards corps are in Syria helping Assad's government crush the rebellion.
Syrian troops have bombarded a central area of Aleppo after a day of fierce clashes with rebels who tried to take the regime-controlled district.