RUNNING AWAY

100,000 Syrians Fled in August

The United Nations reported that 100,000 Syrians fled the country over the past month. The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross met with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, a spokeswoman said. Red Cross chief Peter Maurer met with the Syrian leader as part of his three-day visit to the embattled nation, a trip during which Maurer would address the “rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation,” the international aid group said. August was reported to be the bloodiest month yet in the more than 17-month popular uprising against the Syrian regime, with more than 5,000 deaths reported.