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  • Syrian regime opponent George Sabra , center, during the vote count of the election of the Executive Office of the Syrian National Council in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

    International inaction is to blame for the inability to end the bloodshed.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EST
  • Maxim Luzyanin, 36, attends his trial on charges that he attacked riot police during a massive rally against Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Zamoskvoretsky district court, Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

    First of 19 defendants being tried for participating in a massive rally; cases are seen as litmus test for future dissent crackdowns.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 9:30 AM EST
  • President Vladimir Putin reshuffled the nation's top military brass following the defense minister's ouster and instructed the new top military officer to be friendlier to Russia's defense industries.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 8:30 AM EST
  • Syrian rebels run to take position in the Bustan al-Basha district in the northern city of Aleppo on October 26, 2012.

    Bashar Assad vowed defiantly to "live and die" in Syria; comes after British P.M. suggested safe passage out, if that would guarantee an end to the civil war.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 7:00 AM EST