EID AL-ADHA HOLIDAY IN GAZA
Palestinians gather around a cow, two days before Eid al-Adha in Rafah in southern Gaza on December 17 2007. The Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, falls on the tenth day of Dalhijjah, the final month of the Muslim year. As the holiday approaches, Muslims buy sheep, goats, cows, and camels to be slaughtered. (UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)
As 2012 comes to a close, cracks were appearing in the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad with his vice president saying neither side in the civil war can win outright amid the specter of possible chemical warfare and reports the beleaguered leader is positioning himself and his family to flee Damascus for a last stand in his ancestral home of Qardaha.
The Kremlin is ready to back a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Syria provided it's supported by the government in Damascus, a minister said.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was concerned about restrictions mandated by authorities in Bahrain on public protests.
The Syrian government bears direct responsibility for the destabilizing situation along the Turkish border, a U.S. State Department official said.
A decision to ban public demonstrations in Bahrain was a temporary move to "gain some perspective," the country's interior minister said.
Egyptian security officials arrested five armed terrorists who planned to attack tourist sites in the Sinai during the just-ended Eid al-Adha holiday.
There is "no point" in having a dialogue with the Syrian government so long as it continues to "massacre its own people," the Turkish foreign minister said.
Kuwaiti officials vowed not to allow political unrest to consume the country following the observance of Eid al-Adha.
A car-bombing killed at least 10 people on the last day of a temporary truce in Syria Monday, officials said, day after activists reported more than 100 killed.
Russian officials say it is essential that all outside parties use whatever influence they have to encourage an end to the fighting in Syria, a minister said.
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