Damascus

Conflict & Justice

Putin makes Assad an offer he can't refuse

The embattled Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, appeared in Moscow on Tuesday night, for his first trip outside of his country since the uprising against him began in 2011. It’s a sign of his dependence on Russian military assistance. And it seems Vladimir Putin summoned Assad to get a sense of how flexible he is on his role in any political settlement or transition in Syria. Syria's secular elite shares a deep comfort level with the arrival of Russian forces.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo Answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the "Bawabet Dimashq" or Damascus Gate restaurant in Damascus, Syria. The place can seat over 6,000 people. The World's Aaron Schachter went there to check out the menu.