The sixth 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup runs from June 26 to July 17 in cities across Germany. Marta Vieira da Silva, a Brazilian forward nicknamed 'Pele with skirts,' is considered to be the best female soccer player in the world. Here she jumps over Trine Ronning of Norway during a match in Wolfsburg, Germany, on July 3. Fabian Bimmer/Reuters
Japan's Aya Miyama (r.), a midfielder, is congratulated by her teammates after scoring a goal against New Zealand in Bochum, Germany, on June 27. She is noted for the precision of her free kicks. Frank Augstein/AP
Kelly Smith (c.) of England is challenged by New Zealand's Abby Erceg (l.) and Ali Riley in Dresden, Germany, on July 1. Despite a career plagued by injuries, the midfielder is England's greatest player. This World Cup may be her last. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
New Zealand's Ali Riley (r.) and England's Eniola Aluko go for a header during a match in Dresden, Germany, on July 1. A proven reliable defender, Ms. Riley was the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer Rookie of the Year. Petr David Josek/AP
France's Sonia Bompastor (r.) and Nigeria's Desire Oparanozie play a match in Sinsheim, Germany, on June 26. Ms. Bompastor is a crafty and creative defender. Frank Augstein/AP
Forward Lisa de Vanna (l.) of Australia and Bruna of Equatorial Guinea fight for the ball in Bochum, Germany, on July 3. Ms. De Vanna was a starter for the Washington Freedom. Ina Fassbender/Reuters
US goalkeeper Hope Solo smiles during a match between the US and North Korea in Dresden, Germany, on June 28. During the most memorable women's soccer game of the 2008 Olympics, she led the underdog US to a win over Brazil. Petr David Josek/AP
Germany's Linda Bresonik (l.) congratulates Germany's Kerstin Gareferekes as she celebrates scoring a goal against Canada in Berlin on June 26. Ms. Bresonik is a solid defender. Gero Breloer/AP
Canada's Christine Sinclair wears a protective mask as she runs with the ball during a match between Canada and France in Bochum, Germany, on June 30. The forward is Canada's best and played with the Western New York Flash prior to the World Cup. Yves Logghe/AP
Sweden's Caroline Seger (r.) and North Korea's Jo Yun Mi challenge for the ball in Augsburg, Germany, on July 2. Ms. Seger, a midfielder, played with the Western New York Flash team this season and is the captain of the Swedish team. Kerstin Joensson/AP
In a blow to Syria's armed opposition, forces loyal to President Bashir Assad, including Hezbollah fighters, have seized Yabroud near Lebanon's border on a strategic cross-country highway.
Albert Aji, Diaa Hadid, Associated Press /
March 16, 2014
Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters seized a key rebel supply town on the Lebanese border on Sunday, driving them from the area and scoring a major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict.