Lebanon & Syria
January 20, 2014
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.
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."
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.
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.
After a day of testimonies from those wounded in the Hariri
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
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's office denied comments attributed to him Sunday that say his resignation from power is "not up for discussion."
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.