Lebanon & Syria
January 30, 2014
The Syrian government has razed seven residential districts for no apparent military reason but to punish civilians who had vaguely affiliated themselves with rebels, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
Destroying Syria's cultural landmarks have been used tactically by both sides to decrease the country's internal cohesion and identity, undermine the opponent's power, and "rewrite the history" of Syria for the future by removing all reminders of the past, but it has also been a lucrative industry and not just Syrians are involved....
The third and final local government administration was named by Syria's Kurds who are pushing for autonomy within Syria.
United States intelligence chief James Clapper warned on Wednesday that the Syrian regime may be advancing its biological weapons, whilst Al Qaeda is looking to carry out more terror attacks on U.S. soil.
After a two-year probe into Gerhard Lehmann, the chief investigator at UNIIIC has been cleared of bribery allegations made by Hezbollah.
While his hopes for progress in the first rounds of talks is low, International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi claims the "ice is breaking" over Syria peace talks.
January 29, 2014
Syrian opposition and regime representatives resumed talks in Geneva Wednesday after U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi cancelled the afternoon session of Tuesday's talks.
Talks between Syrian opposition and regime representatives in Geneva stalled Tuesday while negotiations continued in Syrian to evacuate the besieged city of Homs.
January 28, 2014
The U.N. will try to break a deadlock that has halted Syrian peace talks in Geneva as the long-awaited conference enters its fourth day of negotiations.
Over the past few days, seven Palestinian refugees have died in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp as residents continue to struggle against widespread hunger and a lack of medical supplies.
As London said it was planning to let hundreds of Syrian refugees enter the UK, Britain's top refugee group called on the government to speed up the process as quickly as possible.
Over 250 women and children trapped in the Syrian city of Homs are refusing to be evacuated without their male relatives as U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said humanitarian aid would be allowed into Homs, which has been under siege for nearly 600 days.
U.S. Congress has reportedly given the green light to the delivery of light arms to the Syrian rebels deemed "moderate" in the south of Syria until the end of the government's fiscal year, which ends in September 2014.
Discussions continue on keeping Lebanon out of the growing crisis in the Middle East.
Opposition groups at impasse after Geneva II meeting ends day on a "sour note" over Assad discussions.