Lebanon & Syria
March 24, 2014
Over the past 12 days of clashes in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli, 26 people - most of them civilians - have lost their lives.
Three rebel bomb experts and four of their bodyguards were killed by a Hezbollah ambush on Sunday in the strategic Qalamoun region, near Syria's border with Lebanon.
March 23, 2014
Hezbollah officials told media outlets Sunday that the recent Syrian regime victory in Yabroud will "curb suicide and car bombings in Lebanon" as a result.
Dawn clashes in Beirut between Salafists and supporters of the Arab Movement leader caused the death of one person on Sunday morning. At least 10 more were injured.
March 22, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama called Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam to congratulate him on the formation of the coalition government and to stress the importance of holding democratic elections.
March 21, 2014
Members of the international community have expressed frustration at Lebanon's inability to move forward with several development projects.
March 20, 2014
The new Cabinet easily won a confidence vote in parliament.
Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 11 rebels as they fled the village of Al Hosn, home to a famous Crusader castle, for the nearby Lebanese border, military sources reported on Thursday.
Syrian forces have closed the Bqaiaa crossing amid heavy fighting.
Clashes intensified on Thursday between the Syrian regime troops and gunmen along the Lebanese-Syrian border with shelling and gunfire targeting the Akkar border area.
The U.S. Department of State provided additional details Wednesday regarding the ordered closure of the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary consulates in Michigan and Texas.
March 19, 2014
At least two rockets from inside Syria have reportedly landed in the eastern Lebanese border town of Hermel.
Syrian rebels have taken control of a prison outside the city where the uprising began three years ago and freed dozens of inmates, activists said Wednesday.
Syria’s government air force on Wednesday bombed a northwestern suburb of Damascus, killing eight people, activists reported. The attack violated a truce that was made between rebels and regime fighters in October.
Russia and Syria have slammed the United States for its decision to close Syrian embassy and consulates in the country, saying that it proves "Washington is seeking a regime chance in Damascus".