WATCH: Julian Assange's mother reacts to the announcement as Ecuador and Britain prepare for a diplomatic showdown. Britain insists it is only trying to meet its obligations to Sweden but Ecuador has sided with Assange, alleging that extradition to Sweden would deliver Assange to political prosecution in the United States over his WikiLeaks activities. International tensions have been high as British threats to raid the embassy sparked accusations of colonialism from Ecuadorean officials.
Rebel forces have managed to hold areas across Aleppo but the poorly-armed fighters have called for international supplies of weapons to help combat the helicopter and tank assaults by Assad's forces. In the face of escalating casualties, hundreds of thousands of refugees poured into neighboring countries, forcing Jordan to open a humanitarian camp. Some fear the conflict may spread beyond Syria's borders.