Lebanon & Syria
December 16, 2013
Two army checkpoint attacks in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon left an army first sergeant and four militants dead Sunday evening.
UN agencies and NGOs announced that they will launch what they hope will be the biggest campaign for Syria Monday to raise much-needed funding to aid internally-displaced and refugees from the conflict.
December 15, 2013
After Assad tricked EU governments into releasing millions in funds, Britain has tightened sanctions blocking assets to the Syrian regime.
On Sunday, the United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria from Iraq, amid announcements that it plans to supply more food and winter supplies - such as blankets and medicine - to the Kurdish northeast in the coming 12 days.
Air raids in Syria's Aleppo left 15 people dead in rebel-held areas of the city, and continued fighting in Adra has left 28 dead thus far.
Rebel sources told reporters this weekend that Syria's Islamic Front will meet with US officials in Turkeys over the upcoming days.
France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters this weekend that his country is "pessimistic" over the proposed Geneva II talks to end the crisis in Syria.
A coalition of Syrian rebel groups have reported that more than ever, they are fighting against Islamic extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria, not just troops loyal to President Bashar Assad.
Italy announced this weekend that it will give Beirut funding for its Syrian refugees and will also support to the Lebanese Army through a conference next year.
December 14, 2013
The Danish task force began preparations Saturday in Cyprus to remove the first part of Syria's chemical arms stockpile.
A Syrian rebel commander from the Suqur Al Sham brigades, reportedly froze to death Saturday.
Syrian activists told reporters Saturday that the Syrian government is still under negotiation with rebels to ensure the release of Greek Orthodox nuns that were kidnapped last week.
December 12, 2013
The UK has announced that it will provide an addition $40 million for Syrian refugees for "winter assistance" as the weather across the Middle East worsens.
Two residents of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district were shot as sectarian tension - largely fuelled by the nearby Syrian conflict - gripped the northern city.
December 11, 2013
Syria regime accuses Gulf countries, notably Saudi Arabia, of contributing in large part to killing of Syrians and destruction of their country.