Syrians are wise to doubt the latest words from Assad.
Amid the violence, the state-run SANA news agency said the government will help citizens return, whether they left "legally or illegally." Syrian opposition figures who want to take part in reconciliation talks will also be allowed back, SANA reported late Thursday.
Opposition rejects Assad's offer
The talks are part of Assad's initiative to end the conflict, which has claimed more than 60,000 lives. The opposition has rejected the initiative, insisting Assad must step down.
More than half a million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries during the 22-month civil war. They include opposition activists and defectors, including army officers, who have switched to the rebel side, fighting to topple Assad.
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Meanwhile as Assad tells citizens that they may return safely. The opposition prepare rudimentary weapons to fight on. The catapult certainly goes back to ancient times. During the times of the Romans catapults' were very effective in warfare. Not quite stone age weapons but far less than modern aircraft or drones. These photos of the Syrian Opposition weaponry are very interesting.
Simple walkie- talkies are very important in the fight against the Assad regime.
What a world with car bombings, suicide bombers and conflict throughout Africa and parts of the middle east.
As Commander Chris Hadfield reports from outer space:
As Chris Hadfield tests out new technologies aboard the International Space Station, he's also breaking new ground through his links to Earth through social media.
The Canadian astronaut says being aboard the ISS on a five-month mission is "way too good an experience to keep it to myself."
Hadfield has found time to share his photos and observations on Twitter and Facebook. He's tweeted with William Shatner, dropped the puck for the Leafs home opener and will soon be doing a musical performance from space with children across Canada.
"It's something I think is really important to share," Hadfield said in an interview with CBC's Q cultural affairs show from the I.S.S.
While watching his interview with Peter Mansbridge, I enjoyed his answer to the question " what does he think while passing over Africa, Syria and places that are in the midst of conflicts" his answer
" I wish that the people in conflict could see the whole world from space and to enjoy our world"
A fine answer from Canada's lead astronaut.
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