August 29, 2013
NGO Refugees International says that Lebanon's new refugee policies risk harming Syrian refugees and stopping them easily escaping violence in their country.
Syrian regime forces have left Damascus International Airport as residents of the capital stockpile food and resources and prepare for a hasty evacuation.
The Russian military has deployed two large ships to the east Mediterranean so that it can protect Syria from any potential upcoming Western-led strike against the regime.
Former Brotherhood members and leaders of the Salafi Nour Party and Ghad Al Thawra party met in secret this week to devise solutions for the current political crisis between the army and Egypt's Islamists.
During an emergency UN meetings in New York on Wednesday, Syrian ambassador to the UN warned Lebanon against getting involved in the ongoing Syrian turmoil, and warned that Hezbollah would retaliate against Israel.
Hezbollah official Hussein Hajj Hasan implied that the Lebanese Shiite group is 'following up' on the developments of a possible Western-led strike in Syria and will respond with appropriate force.
US President Barack Obama has said that attack on Syria will be limited and will be "a shot across the bow", adding that although he has received several options for a strike, he has not yet made a decision.
August 28, 2013
At least 30 people were killed on Wednesday in Iraq as sectarian violence hit Shiite areas of Baghdad.
The UN Security Council on Wednesday held an emergency meeting over the escalating Syrian crisis after the UK submitted a draft resolution over the alleged use of chemical weapons and amid fears that Assad's ally, Russia, will veto any action.
Jordan's government spokesperson Mohamed Momani on Wednesday stated that no attack on Syria would be launched from its soil.
Saif Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will go on trial in September for war crimes and crimes against humanity that he perpetrated during Libya's civil war.
The British parliament has drafted a resolution for the UN Security Council and will be presenting it later on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Wednesday.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that Washington will continue to push for national reconciliation in Egypt, as the interim government pushes the country towards economic, democratic reform.
PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi told foreign delegates Tuesday that Palestine will not allow Israel to 'forge a new reality for Jerusalem'.
At least 26 people were killed and dozens were wounded after a string of bombs hit the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday morning.