BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 19 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle is shrinking alarmingly with the assassination of four key regime figures and the defection of Gen. Manaf Tlass and other generals.
TEL AVIV, Israel, July 18 (UPI) -- Vladimir Putin's visit to Israel is a measure of how the country's discovery of gas fields under the eastern Mediterranean has intensified the region's geopolitical dynamics.
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