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UN Envoy Condemns Recent Violence by Syria, Rebels

The United Nations mediator for Syria, who held talks with President Bashar al-Assad this week, Wednesday condemned the government's "unacceptable" heavy bombing of civilian areas near Damascus and deadly rebel attacks on Aleppo. U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura called on both sides to allow greater access to besieged areas, especially in view of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which starts this week. He also reiterated the need for a political settlement. De...

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