Lebanon & Syria

February 2, 2014

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. (AFP)
07:12 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that the death toll of the crisis has now exceeded 136,000 people, with January 2014 being one of the bloodiest months on record.

Lebanese emergency personnel are seen at the site of a car bomb explosion targeting a petrol station in eastern Lebanon's town of Hermel on February 1, 2014, [AFP]
05:46 GMT

Lebanon officials give public response to Saturday's car bomb that killed five.

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. [AFP]
04:47 GMT

Aleppo death toll continues to rise as another barrel bomb is unleashed on the city.

February 1, 2014

A suicide car bomb attack in the northeastern city of Hermel Saturday killed at least four people.
17:42 GMT

A suicide bomber driving a vehicle blew himself up in the Lebanese town of Hermel, a Hezbollah stronghold, killing at least five people on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

January 30, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations on January 29, 2014 in Geneva. [AFP]
16:23 GMT

Syrian negotiators Thursday restarted their peace talks mediated by U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, according to the Associated Press.

 A handout picture released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on January 21, 2014 shows a general view of destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus. (AFP)
11:57 GMT

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees reported that an aid convoy carrying over 900 food parcels has entered the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

The complete demolition of the Masha' al-Arb'een neighborhood in Hama. (Image courtesy of Human Rights Watch)
11:09 GMT

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.

Syrian citizens build a wall to protect one of the country's archaeological sites (Courtesy of Unesco/Icom)
09:01 GMT

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....

Arrangements for Kurdish autonomy within Syria's Afrin, Rojava and Kobani have developed over the past month (File Archive/AFP)
07:02 GMT

The third and final local government administration was named by Syria's Kurds who are pushing for autonomy within Syria.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells the senate about Al Qaeda in Syria and the regime's growing biological weapons capability on January 29, 2013. (AFP)
06:45 GMT

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.

The trial of four men accused of murdering former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri is in its second week at an unprecedented tribunal at The Hague. [blouin]
04:49 GMT

After a two-year probe into Gerhard Lehmann, the chief investigator at UNIIIC has been cleared of bribery allegations made by Hezbollah.

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.[AFP]
04:33 GMT

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

The Syrian opposition representatives arrive to the fifth day of talks in Geneva (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
11:57 GMT

Syrian opposition and regime representatives resumed talks in Geneva Wednesday after U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi cancelled the afternoon session of Tuesday's talks.

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi cancelled Tuesday afternoon's talks in Geneva (File Archive/AFP)
07:53 GMT

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

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters Monday that despite the slow pace of talks, getting both the opposition and regime in the same room has represented a major step forward (File Archive/AFP)
12:43 GMT

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.