Lebanon & Syria

January 20, 2014

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.

Syrian opposition National Coalition president Ahmad Jarba announced the group's participation in the Swiss peace talks on Saturday (AFP/Syria National Coalition Media Office/Mohammed Ziadeh)
07:17 GMT

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.

Syrians in Yarmouk have gone without aid for over seven months. [eintifada]
05:08 GMT

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 makes a statement on Syria at the State Department January 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Secretary Kerry urged Syrian opposition to attend the peace talk in Geneva to end the conflict. [AFP]
12:46 GMT

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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) greets Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Moscow, on January 17, 2014 during their meeting. [AFP]
11:43 GMT

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 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]
11:38 GMT

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.