This chemical attack, if proven, is a brazen demonstration of the Syrian regime's ability to get away with slaughter on a grand scale.
The Interior Minister's claim that minimum force was used in the Cairo crackdown is ridiculous. The tactic was more akin to scorched earth.
As the Muslim Brotherhood adapts to a life without power, they need to muster widespread support to fight back.
If it all seemed a bit tinpot there was nothing amateurish about the military takeover in Egypt.
Opponents and supporters of President Morsi clashed bitterly across Cairo yesterday, with being at least 16 killed and hundreds wounded.
The Egyptian Army said it will not overthrow Mohamed Morsi but have not called for him to step down. So what can they do to ease the crisis?
His should be a stable government for he will not need any other party bloc to form a coalition; a few independents will do.
After an invigorating election campaign, voters here in Pakistan have decided to stick with the familiar by electing Nawaz Sharif.
The choice of election candidates in one of Pakistan's most conservative areas, incredibly, includes a woman.
Imran Khan is charismatic and with a campaign that resembles Barack Obama's in 2008, he is a serious contender in the Pakistan election.