Lebanon & Syria
January 19, 2014
The only way to end the Syrian civil war may be for the Islamic world to unite against the violence on political, economic and social fronts, says one analyst.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he has no intention of giving up power of his country any time soon.
The U.N.-formed Special Tribunal of Lebanon (STL) trial of four men suspected of being behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri continued on Friday, where new evidence telecom identifying Hezbollah suspects was unveiled, UK-based pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported.
The United States and Britain lauded the Syrian opposition's decision to attend the Swiss international peace conference scheduled for this week after heated weeks of debate on whether or not they would participate in the highly-anticipated talks.
A convoy which contains 200 parcels of food items has entered Syria's Yarmouk camp after seven months of isolation from aid.
January 17, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that the opposition Syrian National Coalition could veto any names for an interim leadership in the planned Geneva II peace conference.
Syria has handed Russia plans for a ceasefire in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and was ready to exchange lists with rebel forces on a possible prisoner swap, its foreign minister Walid Muallem told a joint news conference in Moscow with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov before a planned peace conference on Syria in Switzerland next week
Four Hezbollah members were charged on Thursday in The Hague with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others in a truck bomb attack nearly nine years ago.
January 16, 2014
The U.S. State Department has denied that Washington has been in talks with Damascus, adding that considering President Bashar al-Assad's record, it is absurd for the U.S. to treat him as "a partner" in the War on Terror.
A car bomb in Lebanon's eastern region of Hermel - a Hezbollah stronghold - has reportedly killed three people and injured many more on Thursday morning. The number of those killed by the blast is expected to rise.
A report by the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Wednesday claimed that two suspects wanted for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are hiding in Iran, while the rest "have been killed".
The STL is expected to hear the case against four Hezbollah members accused of killing former Prime Minister Hariri.
As of January, the UN has secured 70 percent of the $1.5 billion pledged in the 2013 conference, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
January 15, 2014
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived in The Hague to partake in the trial of four suspects accused of assassinating late premier Rafik Hariri in 2005.T
Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad on Wednesday said that Western intelligence services - aka spies - who are opposed to President Bashar Assad have visited Damascus in a bid to discuss security cooperation with the government.