As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began Wednesday, many Syrians who observe the daily dawn-to-dusk fast that is broken with lavish family meals are struggling to find the usually festive mood and ... more 
As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began Wednesday, many Syrians who observe the daily dawn-to-dusk fast that is broken with lavish family meals are struggling to find the usually festive mood and holiday warmth as the country's bloody conflict rages for a third year. Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan-across-the Middle East, even-as-the-region-is shaken by the crisis in Egypt and the U.N. food agency-warned-that-Syria's civil war has left 7 million-people-in-need-of food aid. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Tuesday in the murder trial of Major Nidal Hasan who is accused of killing 13 soldiers in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, the largest non-combat massacre on a U.S. military base. Hasan, 42, an American-born Muslim who faces the death penalty if convicted by a military panel, is mounting his own defense at his court martial at Fort Hood, an Army base near Killeen, Texas. The case has been delayed by unusual turns including arguments over whether Hasan could keep his beard, the firing or attempted firing of two legal teams and the removal of a military judge. less 
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