Syria forces sweep Aleppo as Assad promises reform

AMMAN - Syrian forces have extended a security sweep near the Turkish border to the merchant city of Aleppo, activists said, as President Bashar Assad pledged reforms that protesters said failed to meet popular demands.
Tens of students at Aleppo University were arrested on Monday and 12 people, including a mosque preacher, were detained in the nearby village of Tel Rifaat, halfway between Aleppo and the Turkish border, following protests, rights campaigners said.