Lakhdar Brahimi (left), an envoy of the United Nations and Arab League, visits Monday with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus in an effort to find a way out of the civil war that activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. (Associated Press)

Lakhdar Brahimi (left), an envoy of the United Nations and Arab League, visits Monday with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus in an effort to find a way out of the civil war that activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. (Associated Press)