ALEPPO, Syria - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria in the face of an armed rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad whose violence shows no sign of abating after 17 months of strife.
"Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in one of his trips to Syria."
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - U.S. home prices rose for the fourth month in a row in May, suggesting the recovery in the housing market continued to gain traction, even as the broader economy wobbles.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Inc told jurors on Tuesday that Samsung's internal documents show it made a decision to copy the iPhone because the South Korean company could not compete in the smartphone market on its own.
JOLIET, Ill. - A judge on Tuesday would not allow testimony to be used from a man who said that former Chicago area policeman Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to find a hit man to kill Peterson's third wife, dealing a blow to prosecutors on the first day of the murder trial.
CHICAGO - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said on Monday he is calling a special legislative session in August for lawmakers to deal with "comprehensive" reforms to ease the state's huge unfunded pension liability.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced new U.S. sanctions on Tuesday against foreign banks that help Iran sell its oil, efforts that he said would increase pressure on Tehran for failing to meet its international nuclear obligations.
DUBAI - Iran should stop exporting crude oil and instead try to sell refined oil products, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Tuesday, a day after the United States moved to tighten sanctions on its energy sector.
CAIRO - Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi has freed a group of Islamists jailed for militancy during Hosni Mubarak's era a step seen as a gesture to hardliners who supported his presidential bid.
OSLO - Forests in East Africa have shrunk over the past years, especially around the fringes of parks, complicating efforts to protect wildlife and fight climate change, a study showed on Monday.