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.
Palestinians slaughter a cow on the first day of Eid al-Adha holiday, in Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, November 16, 2010. Most of the sacrificial animals in Gaza have been smuggled through tunnels between Rafah and Egypt as Israel still blocks their crossings with Gaza Strip. To celebrate the Eid festival Muslims slaughter animals to commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
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