Syrians carry national flags during a candlelight vigil in honor of those who were killed in recent violence, in Damascus on Wednesday. It was the first officially sanctioned protest in the capital, and it comes just days after the regime allowed opposition activists to meet at a Damascus hotel.
In this photo taken during a government-organized tour June 20, foreign diplomats and members of the media stand inside the damaged court building in Jisr al-Shughour, Syria, where authorities say armed groups killed more than 100 security personnel two weeks ago.
A man reads Lebanon's daily Al-Akhbar in Beirut. The paper is known for being close to Syria, but the regime's recent crackdown on dissenters — and lack of credible information about the protests — has strained that connection.