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Brick by brick, Guenther Demnig is working to change how the Holocaust is publicly remembered in Germany.

On a recent afternoon, the 62-year-old Berlin-born artist is on his knees on a sidewalk in a prosperous section of Berlin's Charlottenburg district, working a hammer and small trowel. He is installing dozens of small, square brass bricks, each one inscribed with the name — and details about the death of — people who once lived in apartment houses on Pestalozzi Strasse.

The Obama administration says that Syrian President Bashar Assad has forfeited his right to lead Syria, and grisly murders in the town of Houla over the weekend reinforce that argument.

But despite mounting pressure, Assad isn't budging. The U.S is now trying to enlist Russia to use its influence with the Syrian leader to follow the so-called Yemen model and move out of the way.

The economic turmoil in Greece is a concern for many U.S.-based travel companies that offer tours to some of the Mediterranean's most revered destinations. It's not yet clear how much of an impact all of the negative publicity will have on bookings for the usually busy summer and autumn seasons.

Thousands of migrants from Myanmar turned out to greet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her visit to Thailand. It was her first trip outside Burma for 24 years. Suu Kyi is attending an economic forum in Bangkok, and is also expected to visit refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court in London backed a ruling that would extradite Julian Assange to Sweden where he faces accusations of sex crimes.

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