UN: Syria 'Deteriorating Rapidly'
United Nations human rights investigators say the situation in Syria is "deteriorating rapidly," and that both government troops and rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have committed war crimes.
In their latest report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the investigators said fighting in Syria has escalated since July, with the conflict becoming more sectarian, radicalized and militarized.
They said abuses by rebels were not on the same scale as those by government troops, but that both sides were found to have used child fighters.
The report also calls on the international community to curb the supply of weapons gong into Syria with consideration for how the arms might affect the wider region.
It recommends a political solution to the two-year crisis, saying there is "no alternative."
In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday the situation in Syria is "not getting any better."
He met with Syrian opposition leaders who are not a part of the main opposition Syrian National Coalition, and stressed his country's position that any solution to the Syrian crisis must come from within Syria.
Police: India Gang Rape Suspect Kills Himself
Indian police say one of the men accused in the gang rape of a female student on a New Delhi bus has committed suicide in jail.
An official at Tihar jail says Ram Singh hanged himself with his own clothes Monday morning. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters that the alleged suicide was a major lapse in security and that authorities were investigating its circumstances.
Singh's parents and lawyer insist Singh was murdered in prison, and that an old hand injury made him incapable of hanging himself.
Singh's father said his son told him that he had been sodomized by other inmates who had repeatedly threatened his life.
Singh was accused of driving the bus on which a 23-year-old student was raped and assault with an iron rod for more than two hours in December. Her internal injuries were so severe that she died two weeks later.
Authorities accused Singh of being the leader of the gang of five men and a juvenile. The trial of the five adult men began in a special fast-track court last month, while the juvenile's trial began last week.