In this June 26, 2005 file photo, the 'King of Kings' statue of Jesus Christ stands outside of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. The six-story-tall statue of Jesus with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm on Monday night, and burned to the ground, police said. The Dayton Daily News/AP/File
A Nov. 17, 2004 file photo shows traffic on I-75 just north of the Monroe, Ohio, going by a six story high statue of Jesus under construction at the Solid Rock Church. The 62-foot-tall statue was made of plastic, foam, and fiberglass over a steel frame. Glenn Hartong/The Enquirer/AP/File
Flames shoot up from the 'King of Kings' statue of Jesus Christ in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 15. The six-story-tall statue of Jesus with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning around 11:15 p.m. Tiffani West-May/The Dayton Daily News/AP
The frame is all that remains after the statue burned to the ground. Carrie Cochran/The Cincinnati Enquirer/AP
Passers-by photograph the frame of the 'King of Kings' statue. Carrie Cochran/The Cincinnati Enquirer/AP
Smoke rises from the remains of the statue. Vincent Rush/AP
In this March 2008 file photo, the 'King of Kings' statue of Jesus Christ stands outside of Solid Rock Church. Nick Graham/The Journal/AP
Preparing the invitation list to next month's peace conference on Syria is a ticklish matter for the UN's special envoy. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are influential, on opposite sides, in Syria's civil war. But the US has conditions for including Tehran.
The United Nation’s special envoy for Syria is pressing ahead to organize a peace conference to try to bring the devastating civil war to a close. But even if the invitation list can be worked out in coming days, it is virtually certain that some major players in the conflict won’t be at the table.