Middle East
  • An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 29, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT
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  • Two Syrian men strike a wall to make a hole during a search for survivors in after it was hit by an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Rebel footholds in Aleppo have been the target of weeks of Syrian shelling and air attacks as part of wider offensives by President Bashar Assad's regime. Rebels have been driven from some areas, but the report of clashes near the airport suggests the battles could be shifting to new fronts.

    As fighting raged in both Aleppo and the Syrian capital Damascus, the United Nations announced that Lakhdar Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister and veteran U.N. diplomat, would serve as the world body's new peace envoy, aiming to resume efforts for a diplomatic solution to what has become an intractable civil war.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT
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  • This image made from amateur video released by the R.Y.E. Syria and accessed Monday Aug. 13, 2012, purports to show a Syrian plane downed over the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, Syria, Monday Aug. 13, 2012. Activists released a video which they claim shows a government Soviet-made MiG warplane catching fire apparently after it was hit by ground fire while Syrian state-run media said Monday a pilot ejected from a warplane on a training mission after a technical failure.

    The U.N. released a report accusing Assad's forces of war crimes.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT
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  • In this June 29, 2012 file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, gestures during a news conference at the Pentagon.

    Iran is playing a growing role supporting the Syrian regime and is helping to build and train a militia to fight opposition forces, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT
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  • A view of the Defense Ministry, which was surrounded by soldiers loyal to the son of Yemen's ousted president in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Military and security officials say soldiers loyal to the son of Yemen's ousted president have surrounded the Defense Ministry in Sanaa and sounds of gunshots have been heard from the area.

    Five people died Tuesday when soldiers loyal to the son of Yemen's ousted president attacked the Defense Ministry in Sanaa, clashing with the guards, military officials said.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT
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