Mideast Syria Floundering Economy

January 22, 2013 - 12:33 PM
FILE - In this Saturday, March 3, 2012 file photo, Men try to get gasoline at a gas station in downtown Idlib, north Syria. Syrians face extended blackouts amid severe fuel shortages in the middle of winter and now spend hours in line every day for a few loaves of bread or gasoline at soaring prices, highlighting the mounting difficulty President Bashar Assad faces in providing basic services to his people. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)