Middle East
  • The official SANA news agency claimed regime forces have fully regained control on Salaheddine — the main rebel stronghold in the northern city.

    In this undated photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, center, speaks under the portrait of the Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting in Damascus, Syria. Hijab defected and fled to neighboring Jordan, a Jordanian official and a rebel spokesman said Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 4:21 AM EDT
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  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is stepping down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the 17-month-old Syria conflict at the end of the month, the United Nations said on Thursday, the latest sign that the outlook for a diplomatic solution is bleak.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT
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