Sixteen people, including three civilians, have been killed in air strikes by the Syrian army against an eastern town which was captured by fighters from an al Qaida breakaway group a day earlier, according to activists.
More than 50 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide at the end of last year, the United Nations refugee agency has said.
Syrian president Bashar Assad has declared a general amnesty for prisoners in the country, state media reported.
A mortar shell has hit an election rally for Syria’s president Bashar Assad, killing 21 people.
The head of Syria’s air defences has been killed in clashes near the capital, Damascus, one of a few high-ranking military officers to be killed in the country’s civil war.