• In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman walks in front of a destroyed hospital where heavy clashes took place between rebel fighters and the Syrian army to seize control over the area, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.

    Damascus has blasted the European Union for recognizing the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition as a legitimate voice of the Syrian people.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EST
  • French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, center, delivers his opening speech at the start of a conference gathering representatives of Syrian rebels, at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, Wednesday Oct. 17, 2012.

    Syrian officials said a call for a holiday truce would likely fail because the rebels fighting to topple Bashar Assad have no unified leadership to agree to it.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 10, 2012, 9:30 AM EST