Lebanon & Syria

January 21, 2014

The report says there is evidence that President Bashar Assad's regime was involved in the "systematic torture" of detainees. (AFP/File)
07:34 GMT

A recent report compiled by three former war crimes prosectors say they have found evidence suggesting that Damascus has been complicit in the widespread and systematic torture of some 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising in 2011.

A picture taken on January 20, 2014 in Montreux shows the place of the Syrian opposition representative in the Syria peace conference room at the conference centre "Le Petit Palais", where the Geneva II talks will be held later this week. (AFP)
06:39 GMT

The Syrian National Council (SNC), the biggest bloc in Syria's opposition-in-exile, have announced that they will quit the umbrella Syrian National Coalition in protest over the upcoming Geneva II peace talks with the Bashar Assad regime.

Rebel fighters talk near the bodies of the victims of a suicide bombing allegedly carried by al-Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) near the headquarters of the Army of the Mujahideen. [AFP]
05:05 GMT

Some of those Al Qaeda detainees who were captured by rebels said ISIS had ties with the Syrian regime.

The Syria peace conference room at the conference center "Le Petit Palais" as part of the Montreux-Palace will be the location Wednesday for Geneva II peace talks. [AFP]
04:53 GMT

The UN has decided to cancel Iran's invitation to the Geneva II conference after Iran's inconsistency regarding Syria's transitional government.

January 20, 2014

Smoke rises from the site of twin blasts in Damascus after two powerful blasts struck the Syrian capital during morning rush hour in early 2013.  [AFP]
18:45 GMT

Two car bombs hit a rebel-held border post in the northwest Syrian province of Idlib.

The U.N. invited Tehran to attend the talks - a move that has unproved unpopular with those opposed to Assad's regime. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Iran should not be allowed to attend the upcoming Geneva II talks on the Syrian crisis as Tehran does not support a transitional Syrian government.

Saad Hariri has not yet specified a date for his expected return (File Archive/AFP)
12:12 GMT

Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri told reporters Monday that he will be returning to Lebanon before parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year to "work with his rivals for the good of the country."

Hezbollah has supported Damascus regime forces in fighting rebel groups in Syria's civil war (File Archive/AFP)
09:45 GMT

Syria's President Bashar Al Assad told reporters Monday that the Lebanese court trial for the assassination of former leader Rafiq Hariri is "politicized" and an attempt to pressure Syria's ally Hezbollah.

Lebanese army officials were deployed to Tripoli in December last year to restore order in the country's northern city that has been torn apart by sectarian violence (File Archive/AFP)
07:12 GMT

Sniper fire killed at least one woman and wounded 15 people in Lebanon's Tripoli Sunday in a renewed round of violence in the country's main northern city.

Lebanese supporters of the Mostaqbal Movement bloc light candles during a vigil as others holds pictures of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Harir and his son former prime minister Saad Hariri in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. [AFP]
05:41 GMT

After a day of testimonies from those wounded in the Hariri

A picture taken on January 19, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo shows buildings that fell following Government warplanes raids .[AFP]
05:10 GMT

The Syrian opposition has threatened to exit upcoming peace talks in Geneva after learning that the UN invited Iran to attend the conference as well.

January 19, 2014

Assad allegedly said that his departure from the presidency was not up for discussion, but the Syrian president's office denied the comment Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
13:28 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's office denied comments attributed to him Sunday that say his resignation from power is "not up for discussion."

Hundreds of Syrians were killed in government air raids in the city of Aleppo in December 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
12:14 GMT

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.

Assad has said he will NOT be relinquishing his control over Syria. (AFP/File)
10:53 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he has no intention of giving up power of his country any time soon.

Four Hezbollah members went on trial in absentia at a UN-backed tribunal accused of murdering Hariri in a 2005 car bombing, with sectarian tensions running high at home. [AFP]
09:00 GMT

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.