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A Syrian rebel evacuates an injured fellow rebel during an exchange of fire with army troops in Idlib, Syria, on Wednesday. The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said, as Russia tried to broker talks to end the violence. (Associated Press)

A Syrian rebel evacuates an injured fellow rebel during an exchange of fire with army troops in Idlib, Syria, on Wednesday. The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said, as Russia tried to broker talks to end the violence. (Associated Press)

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