Typhoid and hepatitis are the latest results of Syria's bloody violence as America's new Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes another shot at diplomacy. With the al-Assad regime getting help from American rivals, how much longer can the US refuse to help arm al-Assad's opposition? Also, Italian elections rock financial markets, and same-sex marriage divides the Republicans.
Banner image: A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade eats his breakfast as another fighter runs carrying yogurts for their comrades during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 25, 2013. Photo by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters