March 20, 2014
The Palestinians threatened Wednesday to resume their campaign for international recognition at the United Nations if Israel calls off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners, deepening a crisis that has threatened to derail U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria has successfully removed nearly half of its chemical weapons stockpile. Syria says it remains committed to removing all weapons by June 30.
The Israeli army continues to prepare for possible military action against Iran, with Tel Aviv allocating billions in their budget in preparation for a strike.
Clashes intensified on Thursday between the Syrian regime troops and gunmen along the Lebanese-Syrian border with shelling and gunfire targeting the Akkar border area.
Clashes in Iraq have killed 37 people and wounded dozens of others as the government struggles with the unrest in the country, officials say.
The U.S. Department of State provided additional details Wednesday regarding the ordered closure of the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary consulates in Michigan and Texas.
March 19, 2014
At least two rockets from inside Syria have reportedly landed in the eastern Lebanese border town of Hermel.
Syrian rebels have taken control of a prison outside the city where the uprising began three years ago and freed dozens of inmates, activists said Wednesday.
Syria’s government air force on Wednesday bombed a northwestern suburb of Damascus, killing eight people, activists reported. The attack violated a truce that was made between rebels and regime fighters in October.
PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday that Israel's plans to build 184 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank proved that Israel is trying to sabotage the U.S. peace talks and "provoke violence and extremism throughout the region".
Russia and Syria have slammed the United States for its decision to close Syrian embassy and consulates in the country, saying that it proves "Washington is seeking a regime chance in Damascus".
The United Nations says Israel has blocked humanitarian aid worth USD 110 million from reaching Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.
Iran will meet with world powers in early April after concluding the latest round of meetings in Vienna Wednesday.
At least 15 people have been killed in government shelling in Iraq's Fallujah.
The Lebanese army reopened the only road that is connected to the border town of Arsal Wednesday after protesters took to the streets and blocked several major roads throughout the country Tuesday evening.