SYRIA

More aid for fighters

The Obama administration, in coordination with some European allies, is for the first time considering supplying direct assistance to elements of the Free Syrian Army as they seek to ramp up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and end nearly two years of brutal and increasingly deadly violence. Officials in the United States and Europe said Tuesday the administration is nearing a decision on whether to provide non-lethal assistance to carefully vetted fighters.

Peru

Ancient skeletons found

Archaeologists studying a small site at Peru’s main sports center have dug up eight skeletons dating from at least 700 years ago and three others twice that old. The discovery of pre-Hispanic remains was made at the Huaca Tupac Amaru B site at the National Sports Village in Lima. The 400-square-yard site sits just a few feet from the stadium where Peru’s national soccer team trains.

MEXICO

Thousands missing

An official count shows at least 26,121 people were reported missing during the term of President Felipe Calderon, who launched the country’s offensive against drug cartels, Mexico’s new administration said Tuesday. Lia Limon, the Interior Department’s subsecretary for human rights, said the list used data from local prosecutors across Mexico, and includes people reported missing for any reason during the previous administration.

North Korea

Rodman the diplomat

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style — tattoos, nose studs and all — to the country with possibly the world’s strictest dress code: North Korea. Arriving in Pyongyang, the American athlete and showman became an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy. Young leader Kim Jong Un is said to have been a fan of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, when Rodman won three championships with the team.

Compiled from wire reports.