Lebanon & Syria

December 15, 2013

Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta recently visited Lebanon's refugee communities (Anwar Amro/AFP)
04:00 GMT

Italy announced this weekend that it will give Beirut funding for its Syrian refugees and will also support to the Lebanese Army through a conference next year.

December 14, 2013

The Danish vessel that will be used to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arrived in Cyprus Saturday (Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP)
18:14 GMT

The Danish task force began preparations Saturday in Cyprus to remove the first part of Syria's chemical arms stockpile.

Snow blanketed Syria earlier this week, but fighting has continued in several areas such as Adra (AFP)
16:01 GMT

A Syrian rebel commander from the Suqur Al Sham brigades, reportedly froze to death Saturday.

The abducted Syria nuns appeared on television Dec. 6 (Courtesy of the Daily Star/Al-Jazeera TV)
13:08 GMT

Syrian activists told reporters Saturday that the Syrian government is still under negotiation with rebels to ensure the release of Greek Orthodox nuns that were kidnapped last week.

December 12, 2013

Snow covers the ground outside tents supplied by the UNHCR for Syrian refugee families in al-Marj, in the eastern Lebanese Bekaa Valley, on January 9, 2013 (AFP/File, Hassan Jarah)
06:13 GMT

The UK has announced that it will provide an addition $40 million for Syrian refugees for "winter assistance" as the weather across the Middle East worsens.

The Lebanese army will be deployed in Tripoli for six months in a bid to calm sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

Two residents of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district were shot as sectarian tension - largely fuelled by the nearby Syrian conflict - gripped the northern city.

December 11, 2013

Free Syria Army fighters man a position in the city of Aleppo on Sept. 16, 2012. [AFP]
20:59 GMT

Syria regime accuses Gulf countries, notably Saudi Arabia, of contributing in large part to killing of Syrians and destruction of their country.

A new report says number of foreign militants in Syria exceeds 5,000. [alalam.ir]
18:12 GMT

A new report says the number of foreign militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now above 5,000.

US has suspended all forms of non-lethal aid to the northern parts of Syria (Courtesy of Wikimedia)
09:30 GMT

The United States has officially suspended all of its non-lethal assistance to areas in northern Syria, according to Reuters reports from Wednesday.

Razan Zeitouneh, who was kidnapped alongside three colleagues from Damascus. (Image courtesy of The Daily Star)
06:23 GMT

Key Syrian human rights lawyer and prominent opposition activist Razan Zeitouneh and three colleagues have been kidnapped near Damascus.

Members of the Free Syrian Army. [picnik]
06:14 GMT

Not to be confused with the FSA, a Syrian rebel group named the "Islamic Front" has seized Turkey border crossing that included Western-backed FSA components.

Image from "Scheherazade in Baabda," a play performed by the women inmates of Baabda Prison, Lebanon. [Photograph courtesy of Dalia Khamissy/ Catharsis-LCDT]
04:32 GMT

Activists call for specific reform for new regulations that are women specific in Lebanon's prisons.

The families of Spanish reporters held in Syria by ISIS have come forward to the media. This photo was taken of the two reporters in 2012. [hdnux]
04:15 GMT

Families of two Spanish reporters held by ISIS in Syria come forward to the media after months of silence.

December 10, 2013

This week's UNHCR airlift will be the first of its kind to Syria since the start of the war in 2011 (Courtesy of the UN)
12:12 GMT

The UN is planning to send its first humanitarian airlift to Syria via Iraq this week.

Uzumcu will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on the OPCW's behalf this week in Oslo (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP)
11:37 GMT

UN chemical watchdog head Ahmet Uzumcu told reporters Tuesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons will likely begin in late January.