The fighting continues in Syria with reports that Scud missiles are being used. Russia seems to be lessening its support for President Assad. Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar is taken to Beirut for medical care. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani goes to Germany for treatment of a reported stroke. Protests continue in Egypt over the proposed constitution in advance of the second round of voting. The UN celebrated International Migrant Day but problems remain for domestic workers in the GCC.

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