TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.
Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighbouring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organisation monitoring the civil war said.
REYHANLI, TURKEY—This was not part of the plan. Not when time is precious and it is only a few kilometres to the Syrian border. Not when there is a trunk full of medical equipment and contacts anxiously waiting in Syria, ready to whisk Toronto pediatrician Jay Dahman and Ammar Zakaria, a doctor who has defected from the Syrian military, to a field hospital where they can deliver the much-needed supplies and training. But with a Turkish police officer’s wave of the hand our car is pulled over and passengers ordered out. Passports examined. Every bag [...]