3. RECORD NUMBERS OF REFUGEES FLEE SYRIA
More than 100,000 Syrians fled the country to escape the civil war in August says the UN. The exodus took the overall number of refugees since the uprising begannin March 2011 to almost 250,000. Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, today met Bashar al-Assad to ask for better access for aid workers.