Lebanon & Syria

February 6, 2014

President Michel Sleiman receives Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam in Baabda on Wednesday. [DalatiNohra]
05:28 GMT

Expected to end next week, deliberations on forming Lebanon's new government are taking longer than citizens thought.

February 5, 2014

Assad has said he will not step down from his role as president of Syria, which is proving to be stumbling block in the Geneva peace talks. (AFP/File)
20:10 GMT

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said a peace conference in Geneva is the "only vehicle left" to engage Syrian leaders on political transition.

Fighters from Chechnya have boosted the rebel ranks with 14,000, the report said. (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT

Recent reports say that thousands of fighters from Chechnya and Saudi Arabia are battling against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The U.N. report detailed the "unspeakable suffering" of Syrian children. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

A new United Nations report has slammed both sides warring in Syria for the abuse and distress they have inflicted upon children during the nearly three-year-old conflict.

Italy has offered one of its southern ports for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon arsenal (Flippo Monteforte/AFP)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical arsenal.

ISIL expanded to Syria from Iraq after the conflict between regime forces and opposition groups erupted in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
10:19 GMT

The jihadist opposition group ISIL signed a truce with the Islamist rebel brigade Suqour Al Sham, signalling an end to violent clashes between the two groups.

The U.S. has largely backed the Syrian opposition while Russia has been a firm supporter of Syria's regime (File Archive/AFP)
07:45 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the Syrian regime's barrel bombing of Aleppo "barbaric" while Russian officials met with Syrian opposition leader, Ahmad Jarba.

Akkar border towns have been frequently hit by Syrian shells since the war erupted in 2011 (Courtesy of the Daily Star)
06:46 GMT

Shells from Syria hit six Lebanese border towns in one night, damaging many houses and properties in the respective areas.

February 4, 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Swiss and Syrian officials Tuesday to discuss increasing aid access for Syrian civilians trapped inside the war-torn country (Courtesy of Press TV)
19:39 GMT

Syrian, Iranian and Swiss officials met in Tehran to discuss improving aid access to the victims of Syria's civil war.

Robert Ford has served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria since 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
17:09 GMT

The top U.S. diplomat to Syria announced plans to retire from his post by the end of February to friends and colleagues Tuesday.

The U.N. WFP delivered its first aid airlift from Iraq to northeastern Syria in December (File Archive/AFP)
14:10 GMT

The United Nations World Food Program began airlifting more supplies to Syria's northeast region Tuesday.

Aleppo has been pounded with regime barrel bomb attacks, leaving at least 30 dead thus far on Tuesday (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
12:49 GMT

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters Tuesday that the Syrian government will attend the second round of peace talks with the opposition that is scheduled to commence Feb. 10 in Geneva, while regime forces continued to pound Aleppo with barrel bombs.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly asked Russia to put pressure on the Syrian government to speed up the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

The Syrian government has announced its plans to remove a major shipment of chemical weapons out of the country this month, a Russian official said Tuesday.

Lebanese emergency personnel inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
07:01 GMT

In what is seen as a rise in attacks on Hezbollah supporters, another suicide bomber claiming to represent the Nusra Front has killed himself and wounded others in Lebanon.

February 3, 2014

Lebanese rescuers and emergency personnel gather around the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
18:05 GMT

Another car bomb exploded in southern Beirut killing two.