Middle East
  • Some 2,400 Syrians reached Turkey overnight, the state-run Turkish Anatolian news agency said on Wednesday, adding to the 45,000 who have fled to Turkey since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad started 17 months ago.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT
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  • A Tuesday, July 31, 2012 photo, shows biblical scholar Professor Menachem Cohen, reading from a book, at the library of Bar Ilan University, outside Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Menachem Cohen corrected all known textual errors in Jewish scripture.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 4:21 AM EDT
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  • 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.

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

    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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