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  • Kurdish members of the Free Syria Army ride on a tank stolen from the Syrian army in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo, in Syria on Wednesday. The rebels have made significant gains on the ground in Damascus, Deir al-Zour and Aleppo, where they have overrun military bases. (Associated Press)

    Russia says Assad is losing control

    Russia, which has provided military and political support key to the Syrian regime, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that President Bashar Assad is losing control and the rebels may win the civil war that has dragged on for 21 months and claimed an estimated 40,000 lives.


  • In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, President-elect Mohammed Morsi speaks with representatives from political parties in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

    Egypt's Islamist president presents challenge for U.S.

    The election of Egypt's first Islamist president poses a challenge for the Obama administration, which is grappling with the reality of embracing a leader whose worldview often has been at odds with Washington.


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