• In this June 24, 2011 file photo, supporters of the Communist Party hold banners demanding cancellation of the sales tax during a demonstration by opposition parties demanding an end to government corruption in front of the prime minister's office in Amman, Jordan. White placard on right reads, "People want the stolen money back." A new report by an anti-corruption watchdog reveals that nearly 30 percent of people in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service and that courts had the worst bribery rate of six services asked about. (AP Photo/ Nader Daoud, File)

    Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A new report released on Tuesday by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, almost a third of the people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.

  • In this Sunday, April 24, 2016, file photo made from video posted online by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, Civil Defense workers run after airstrikes and shelling hit Aleppo, Syria. A military buildup in northern Syria coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought much needed relief to war-stricken Syrians, ushering in what could be an even more ruinous chapter in the country's five-year-old conflict. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP video, File)

    Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

    BEIRUT (AP) — A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months brought some relief to a war-weary country. The renewed violence is ushering in what could be an even more ruinous chapter in the 5-year-old conflict.