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Regime air strikes have reduced the city of Aleppo to rubble (File Archive/AFP)
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At least 21 people were killed in an air strike near the Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday, including three children.
Ahlam and Duraid are clearly on good terms since he hasn't actually been rude about her! (Image: Albawaba edit)
08:00 GMT
You might have wanted it to be true, but Duraid Lahham didn't really call Ahlam "vile, rude and ridiculous"!
Regime fighters captured Yabroud, one of the last major rebel strongholds in Qalamoun, last month (File Archive/AFP)
07:16 GMT
Over 100 former rebel fighters have returned to the Syrian regime after they turned over their weapons and promised not to go back to anti-regime activities.
There have been conflicting accounts of the alleged chlorine attack on Kafr Zeita, with the government and the opposition trading blame. (AFP/File)
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Members of the U.N. Security Council called Wednesday for an investigation into new claims of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel bastion in Syria, expressing concern over the reports.

April 23, 2014

Jarba has requested that Saudi Arabia provide more support to the rebel Free Syrian Army in their fight against the Assad regime, as well as ISIL (File Archive/AFP)
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Syria's main opposition coalition has requested more aid and support from Saudi Arabia for the rebel Free Syrian Army.
Elections will take place June 3 despite heavy ongoing fighting within the country. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT
Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar announced Wednesday that he will run against President Bashar Assad in the upcoming presidential elections.
Arsal has frequently fallen victim to spillover attacks from Syria's civil war (File Archive)
09:03 GMT
A Syrian war plane launched several rockets onto the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Al Labweh and Al Nabi Othman. No casualties were reported.
Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to the besieged town. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
Aid workers reached the Lebanese town of Tfail Tuesday. The village is surrounded by the Syrian army, the Syrian opposition, and Hezbollah.

April 22, 2014

A U.N. inspection team was sent to Syria following last August's chemical weapons attack (File Archive/AFP)
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Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapon stockpile according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons who is responsible for the oversight of the weapons removal.
Arab League leader Nabil Fahmy condemned Syria's election plans in an official statement Tuesday (File Archive/AFP)
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The Arab League condemned Syria's plans to hold a presidential election while the country's civil war continues to envelope the country in violence Tuesday.
Fatah officials say the planned protests will force militants to leave the camp (File/AFP)
15:05 GMT
Palestinian refugees in Syria's Yarmouk camp intend to protest against militant groups blocking aid from entering the besieged camp.
Zaatari is Jordan's fourth largest city and the second biggest refugee camp in the world. (AFP/File)
12:04 GMT
Jordan's Zaatari problem - when a host community can't cope.
How will Ahlam respond to Duraid's hurtful comments about her? (Image: Albawaba edit)
08:26 GMT
Syrian superstar Duraid Lahham attacked Ahlam on Facebook yesterday, and he had absolutely nothing pretty to say about her!
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. is investigating the allegations. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT
The U.S. State Department is investigating allegations that a toxic chemical weapon was used in Syria this month.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon recently criticized the upcoming elections in Syria. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT
Syria's opposition has dismissed the upcoming presidential elections in Syria, calling them a "farce."

April 21, 2014

Current President Bashar al Assad will most likely run for president amid the ongoing civil war. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Syrian presidential candidates can begin registering for the upcoming election to be held on June 3rd.
The Lebanese army will cooperate with Hezbollah to carry out the rescue operation. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT
Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday that a plan to rescue a Lebanese border town cut off by Syrian troops will go into effect on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, much needed aid and humanitarian supplies were delivered to rebel-held areas of Aleppo by the Syrian Red Crescent and the UN on Wednesday for the first time in 10 months. (AFP)
12:25 GMT
Humanitarian convoys have entered Syria’s northern city of Aleppo as the Syrian army has secured the highway to the city.
Syria's parliamentary speaker announced the June 3 vote date Monday this week (Courtesy of Al Jazeera)
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Syria's parliamentary speaker announced Monday that the country will hold presidential elections on June 3 despite the ongoing civil war.
In this file photo, a pro-Assad supporter stands outside the parliamentary building in Damascus where mortar shells killed five people on Monday morning. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
A pair of mortar shells hit near the Syrian government's parliament building in central Damascus on Monday killing five people, state media reported.
According to UN figures, 20,000 civilians are at risk of starving to death in Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
The United Nations says its food aid has finished in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus.

April 20, 2014

The four men are accused of planning to help "would-be" jihadists enter Syria from Jordan. (AFP/File)
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Four citizens residing in the Jordanian city of Irbid were arrested late last week for allegedly attempting to facilitate the entry of “would-be Islamist fighters” into Syria, according to Islamist and official sources.
File photo shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad receiving Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi in Damascus. (Photo courtesy of PressTV)
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Syria’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch told President Bashar Assad on Sunday that Christians in the country will not “submit and yield” to extremists fighting against the Syrian government.
France has information but no solid proof that the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. (AFP/File)
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France has information but no solid proof that the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
The picture uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on April 20, 2014, shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad looking at icons as he visits a monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
12:47 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the recently recaptured Christian town of Maaloula on the occasion of Easter.
Toulin is one lucky lady for surviving death twice! (Image: Facebook)
10:15 GMT
Actress Toulin Al Bakri is one lucky cat, we mean woman, for surviving two missile attacks in Syria!
Zoe Saldana is best known for her roles in Avatar and as the new Uhura in the resurrected Star Trek franchise. The proudly black Latina actress from Dominica has been broadcasting her other DNA, confirming in a recent TV interview that she is also part Lebanese, loves Lebanese cooking and is uber-proud of her Middle Eastern roots.
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Wake up Hollywood - Western entertainment is overdue for an Arab awakening! Here's Al-Bawaba's list of 10 influential celebrities you didn't know had Arab roots.
Sigrid Kaag, the special coordinator of the joint mission of the U.N. and the OPCW, reported that Syria should be able to meet the April deadline. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT
OPCW recently announced that Syria has either shipped out or destroyed nearly 80% of its chemical weapons.
The United Nations has previously talked of the "apocalyptic scenes" coming out of Yarmouk. (AFP/UNWRA/File)
07:16 GMT
The United Nations last night warned that more than 20,000 civilians are in imminent danger of starving to death in a Palestinian refugee camp that has become a key battleground in the Syrian civil war.

April 19, 2014

Syrian army attack: The remote town, home to 3,000 Lebanese and around 5,000 Syrian refugees was also reportedly attacked on Tuesday (File/AFP)
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Lebanese villagers and Syrian refugees fled from the town Tfail, after Syria's army launched a series of artillery strikes in the area.
Abdullah Deghayes entered Syria in February despite his parents disapproval (Photo: Facebook)
10:26 GMT
An 18-year-old British national has died in Syria, while fighting alongside rebels in Syria. Abdullah Deghayes from Sussex entered Syria through the Turkish border.
Al-Nusra front rebels and other militant groups pit a war against one another (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Sixty-five militants from the al-Nusra Front have reportedly been killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as fresh violence erupted in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

April 18, 2014

The UN Security Council has expressed concern over civilians caught up in Syrian violence (File/AFP)
13:24 GMT
Ten people died on Friday after a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Homs.
There are signs that the opposition’s foreign backers are trying to reverse the tide and salvage what is left of the waning insurgency. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
In the wake of a series of battlefield defeats for the Syrian rebels over the past few months, there are signs that the opposition’s foreign backers are trying to reverse the tide and salvage what is left of the waning insurgency, writes Patrick Cockburn.

April 17, 2014

Orlando sits with Syrian refugees on his visit to the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. (Image: UNICEF)
07:47 GMT
Actor and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visited the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan to highlight the plight of Syrian refugees.
Syria's National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba told China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing that his country should take a larger role in the peace talks (AFP)
06:41 GMT
National Coalition leader Ahmad Jarba said Wednesday a new round of Geneva peace talks would be possible if the government is “sincere” and urged China to play a bigger role in “stopping the crimes of the Assad regime.”

April 16, 2014

Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Arsal, Lebanon to escape the fighting in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT
The Syrian army launched two airstrikes against the town Arsal Wednesday.
Jordan's armed forces is expected to release a more detailed report later Wednesday (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
12:24 GMT
Jordan's air force shot down armored vehicles trying to enter the Kingdom from Syria Wednesday.
Regime airstrikes continue to also destroy the country's second largest city Aleppo (File Archive/AFP)
11:18 GMT
At least four people died from Syrian regime airstrikes in the rebel-held town of Zabadani along the Lebanese border.
Tuesday’s ruling marked the longest prison term handed down to a non-Jordanian suspected of providing military support to the FSA. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT
The Jordanian State Security Court on Tuesday sentenced three Syrians to five-year prison terms for attempting to provide arms and explosives to the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The trench will be 17 kilometers, or 19.6 miles when completed (Safin Hamed/AFP)
08:31 GMT
The autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq is digging a trench along its border with Syria in order to prevent militants from the neighboring civil war from entering its territory.
According to video footage, rebel forces fighting against the Syrian government are now equipped with US-made anti-tank missiles. (AFP/File)
06:48 GMT
New footage coming out of Syria shows rebel forces fighting against the Syrian government with US-made anti-tank missiles.
The Syrian army on Tuesday entered rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT
Syrian army troops backed by pro-regime militiamen entered rebel-held neighborhoods of Homs Tuesday after seizing the last village in the mountainous Qalamoun region on Lebanon’s border.
Over one million Syrian refugees are registered with UNHCR in Lebanon (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Lebanon's interior minister announced Tuesday that Syrian refugees now represent 27% of Lebanon's population

April 15, 2014

Two Saudi soldiers were also killed by suspected Yemeni militants last week (Getty/AFP)
18:20 GMT
A Saudi soldier died after coming under attack near the Yemen border. The kingdom's interior ministry is in contact with Yemeni authorities to investigate.
The Syrian government holds Turkey, U.S. and Saudi Arabia accountable for arming opposition rebels (Carl Court/AFP)
17:23 GMT
Canada's National Defence has drawn up plans for military operations in Syria according to leaked documents.
Pro-regime forces backed by Hezbollah retook Aasal al-Ward from rebels (File/AFP)
13:19 GMT
Pro-regime forces backed by Hezbollah fighters retook a village in the Qalamoun region with the intention of expanding military operations in the area.
Lebanon currently hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
Lebanese authorities plan to stem the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon.
Assad has all but officially said that he will run in the next round of proposed elections for the presidency (File Archive/AFP)
12:20 GMT
Syria's parliament will announce the date of the country's presidential election to be held this year despite the country's ongoing civil war.
America has done its best to keep secret its role in supplying the Syrian armed opposition. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows bodies lying on the ground, allegedly of rebel fighters after they were killed by Syrian government forces in Adra, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
06:52 GMT
France is set to host the meeting in the hopes of leading an international group who will bring the Syrian government to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

April 14, 2014

Looks like money can be an issue for someone like Amal! (Image: Facebook)
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Amal Arafa has said no to a new role because she wanted to get paid more than what the showmakers had offered her!
Navy Pillay has been the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2008. (AFP/File)
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Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, denounced widespread torture in Syria on Monday.
A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 13, 2014 shows pro-regime forces holding a position during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
Syrian forces have entered the town of al-Sarkha in the strategic Qalamoun region, retaking the full control of the town from rebels operating inside Syria.
Syrian regime fighters claimed victory in the rebel stronghold of Yabroud in March (File Archive)
11:01 GMT
Syrian regime soldiers have reclaimed Maaloula in the Damascus province four months after Islamist rebels took over the Christian stronghold.
Just over 65 percent of Syria's internationally declared chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the war-torn country, the Associated Press reported. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT
The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog has said that the Syrian government must speed up its movement of raw materios for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to successfully destroy its stockpile on time.
Things are getting artsy again in Syria.
07:52 GMT
After about a decade of decay, Damascus' culture scene is getting its groove back.
A man is helped away as dust settles following an alleged air strike by Syrian regime forces on the city of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, an opposition bastion since early in the revolt against President Bashar Assad. (AFP)
06:57 GMT
As fighting raged across Aleppo and Damascus, Syria's President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he was planning to run for a third term in July's elections and that the conflict was coming to a "turning point".

April 13, 2014

The Syrian war has seen over 150,000 civilians killed (File/AFP)
18:29 GMT
Syrian President Assad says his regime's battle with opposition fighters worked in his favour.
According to the U.N., over 2 million Syrians have registered as refugees. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The UN reports that only one fifth of pledged aid to Syrian has been delivered.
Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has seen fierce fighting since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT
Government forces battled rebel fighters in Aleppo in the fiercest fighting since 2012.
The Syrian opposition and regime both blame each other for Saturday's attack. (AFP/File)
06:28 GMT
The Syrian regime and opposition forces accused each other on Saturday of carrying out a chemical attack on the village of Kafr Zeita, located in the embattled country’s western-central province of Hama.

April 12, 2014

Is Angelina hating on the SaveKessab hashtag posted by Kim?
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Armenian public figure Kim Kardashian is allegedly getting some celebrity backlash for her Twitter campaign to #SaveKessab.

April 11, 2014

Rebel groups, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and Nusra Front continue to fight each other (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT
Rival groups fighting each other in Syria have brought the death toll up in recent days, complicating the country's civil war further.
Eric Harroun was jailed for six months when he returned to the U.S. for fighting alongside terrorist groups (File/Facebook)
09:08 GMT
Famous for fighting alongside Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria, "The American Jihadist" Eric Harroun died of an accidental overdose in Arizona.