Lebanon & Syria

January 22, 2014

"Enough is enough," Ban Ki-moon told Syria's delegations on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
20:07 GMT

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told both Syrian sides on Wednesday to start the dialogue needed to end the Syrian civil war, following the Geneva II peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland.

A volunteer shares out food to the people in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp for displaced Syrians near the border with Turkey on 2 July 2013. (AFP/File)
18:44 GMT

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on Wednesday said that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is blocking humanitarian aid to those in need and starving the population as a "war strategy".

A Syrian man holds up a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book, at the scene of a reported airstrike by government forces on the central al-Fardous neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 21, 2014. (AFP)
16:54 GMT

As major world powers sat down in Switzerland to find a solution to the Syrian conflict, regime forces shelled and dropped barrel bombs on rebel positions across the war-torn country on Syria.

Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian crisis is ruining Lebanon, the parliamentary Future bloc said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT

Lebanon's Future parliamentary bloc said Wednesday that daily life in Lebanon will only return to normal once Shiite group Hezbollah withdraws all fighters from Syria.

More than 130,000 people have died in the conflict and millions more have been displaced across the region. (AFP/File)
12:22 GMT

The leaders of seven of the world's largest NGOs called on the United Nations and members of the Security Council to take immediate action in Syria to alleviate the humanitarian crisis before their reputations are tarnished by the lack of action in the war-torn country.

U.N. Chief entered into a heated exchange with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem during the opening statements of the Swiss peace conference (Gary Cameron/AFP)
10:45 GMT

Opening statements at the highly-anticipated Geneva II peace conference to end the Syrian crisis have heightened tensions between regime and opposition alliances.

Syrian-Kurdish refugees work near tents erected by the United Arab Emirate's Red Crescent as aid is distributed at the Qushtapa refugee camp, 15 kilometers South of Arbil. [AFP]
09:14 GMT

Months after declaring self-rule, Syrian Kurds are making progress on naming municipal councils.

The war in Syria has spilled over into Lebanon, heightening sectarian tension and violence particularly within the northern city of Tripoli (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Fresh clashes between Tripoli's Bab Al Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods erupted early Wednesday leaving five wounded. Syrian rockets also hit Lebanon's border town Akkar early Wednesday.

The leader of the Syrian opposition National Coalition Ahmad Jarba arrived in Switzerland earlier this week (Salvatore Di Nolfi/AFP)
07:00 GMT

Long-anticipated peace talks on the Syrian Crisis known as "Geneva II" are set to commence Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux.

Rescue teams and local residents gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik on January 21, 2014. [AFP]
06:30 GMT

After the fourth car bomb in four weeks, Lebanese residents are anxiously concerned that there are more to follow.

A body seen trapped under rubble after the most recent attack on Aleppo.  More than 130,000 people have been killed in Syria's nearly three-year war. [AFP]
05:42 GMT

On the eve of Geneva II, Saudi officials have called for all foreign fighters to exit Syria in efforts to promote peace.

January 21, 2014

Obama called his counterpart Vladimir Putin Tuesday to discuss the Syrian peace conference set to begin Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux (File Archive/AFP)
19:07 GMT

United States President Barack Obama telephoned Russian leader Vladimir Putin Tuesday to discuss the launch of Syrian peace talks in Switzerland Wednesday.

Syria's opposition National Coalition will meet with regime representatives in direct talks Friday in Geneva (File Archive/AFP)
17:14 GMT

A senior Russian official told reporters Tuesday that talks between the Syrian regime and opposition in Switzerland will last seven to 10 days and will be followed by another round of talks.

While Saudi leadership will be present at the Geneva 2 talks Wednesday, Iran's invitation has been withdrawn (Courtesy of RT)
15:27 GMT

Was the Geneva 2 Iran drama a premeditated idea by the usual suspects to derail Syrian peace efforts, or is there more to the story?

More than 500 people died in Aleppo in less than two weeks from regime air strikes in December 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
15:11 GMT

Regime airstrikes killed at least 10 people in Syria's northern city of Aleppo Tuesday.