Syrian forces retook the Damascus neighborhood of Midan Friday. But Bashir Assad's national security chief Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar, died Friday of wounds suffered in Wednesday's bombing, the fourth member of Assad's inner circle to die in the blast, according to state-run TV.
Stocks closed lower on The Street ahead of US corporate earnings reports and the continued instability of markets across the pond. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 36 points to close at 12,736, the index's third straight day of losses.
It is well documented that there are big differences in unemployment within the European Union. What is perhaps less well known, however, is that dramatic differences in unemployment exist within many euro countries as well.
Financial markets around the world jumped higher Friday with the Dow Jones industrial average climbing 277 points, closing at 12,880, and the Standard & Poor's had its best day of the year. Stocks advanced even further in Europe.