Syria

July 2, 2014

Asala is loved by exactly 10 million people! (Image: Facebook)
11:16 GMT

Everybody loves Syrian superstar Asala Nasri, just ask her Facebook followers!

Abbas al Noury plays one of the characters on the traditional TV series "Bab Al Hara." (Image: Facebook)
09:28 GMT

Twitter users gave Syria's famous Bab al-Hara TV soap opera a Lebanese twist Monday, with people making jokes about common national stereotypes they said would creep into the popular Ramadan show if it was set in Beirut rather than Damascus.

Iraqi motorists queue for fuel following the country's recent violence (File/AFP)
09:11 GMT

Russia called on the UN Security Council to bar crude oil sales by terrorist groups including the the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.

Young Syrian-Kurdish refugees play in the children zone, recently erected by United Arab Emirate's Red Crescent, on June 22, 2014, at the Qushtapa refugee camp, 15 kilometers South of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. [AFP]
08:42 GMT

The UN children’s agency and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have called for the release of more than 100 Kurdish schoolboy and girls abducted by Takfiri militants in Syria late May.

Children stand in Rashidiyeh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT

Amnesty International slammed Lebanon after a leaked document instructed airlines no to bring Palestinian refugees from Syria to Lebanon.

Lebanon's security forces dismantled three terror cells this week after a wave of suicide attacks (File/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Both Hezbollah and Lebanese security forces prepared to coordinate against any potential ISIS attack, a senior security source said, Tuesday.

July 1, 2014

The MV Cape Ray will be used to destroy what are considered Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons (Mario Tosti/AFP)
19:56 GMT

The American MV Cape Ray arrived in Italy's Gioia Tauro port Tuesday to aid in the destruction of at least 1,300 tons of chemical weapons from Syria.

Deir Al Zor province has been a frequent place of fighting between ISIS and the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front (File Archive)
16:17 GMT

Some Islamist groups in Syria have "dismissed" the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's claim that they have established an Islamic caliphate.

Bassem Kousa stars in the Syrian drama "Pack Your Bags". (Image courtesy of Daily Star Lebanon)
15:13 GMT

As can be expected, Syria’s once-proud television drama and comedy industry continues to decline. This season, the few shows that exist are not as well done as years before the crisis began.

ISIS announced the creation of an Islamic caliphate this week (File/AFP)
12:56 GMT

ISIS captured a strategic Syrian border town from rebels, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

June 30, 2014

President Assad is currently battling the opposition for control of Syria. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that ISIL sells oil to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Idlib has been under government control since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Mortar shells hit Idlib Monday killing at least 14 people.

Prime Minister Salam has rejected the proposal to communicate with Syrian officials because of his commitment to the Baabda Declaration. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

Prime Minister Tamman Salam said Monday that the Lebanese government will not communicate with the Syrian government over the Syrian refugee crisis.

Head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was appointed as "the caliph" of "Muslims everywhere" during an audio recording (File/AFP)
08:43 GMT

Extremist militant group ISIS declared the formation of an Islamic "caliphate", citing the group's head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the "leader of Muslims everywhere".

ISIL's terrorist network has spilled over from Iraq and Syria into Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:03 GMT

Militant group ISIL announced the appointment of a leader for Lebanon to set up training camps according to LBCI television.