Lebanon & Syria
September 22, 2013
Syrian opposition coalition president Ahmad Jarba has announced his group's commitment to attend proposed peace talks in Geneva with the condition that the meeting moves to establish a transitional government.
Two Syrians, one of them a worker for the Syrian intelligence service, and a Palestinian were arrested in Lebanon in possession of arms and explosives.
September 21, 2013
Russian states that absolute cooperation must shown by Syria or Russia could change its position.
Mixed views as some women are blocked from leaving the country of Tunisia due to events surrounding "sexual jihad" behavior.
September 20, 2013
Syria has begun to send information regarding its chemical weapon arsenal to OPCW ahead of Saturday's deadline, but OPCW announced Friday that it will postpone Sunday's executive meeting to vote on a timetable for the destruction of all chemical weapons within Syria.
Rebel leaders from ISIS and the Free Syrian Army have agreed to a ceasefire in Azaz.
French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that France is considering arming Syrian rebels for the first time in a "controlled framework."
The Syrian Deputy Prime Minister acknowledged Thursday that his country's civil war has reached a stalemate and that the regime would call for a cease-fire and a peaceful political process if Geneva II talks are to take place.
September 19, 2013
The Free Syrian Army has urged the UN to look into claims that the Syrian regime gave chemical arms to Hezbollah, calling on the UN chemical inspectors to expand their investigation to Lebanese territory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he is not entirely convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad will go through with the Russian driven plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
A bomb in Syria's Homs village of Jbourin kills 19 passengers on Thursday.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile would cost $1 billion.
Sparking fears of a regional spillover of the Syrian crisis, activists said Wednesday that the Syrian government has used phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. The alleged use of the weapons raises questions over the regime's use of chemical weapons.
September 18, 2013
King Abdullah of Jordan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and discussed the recent US-Russian led plan that aims to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal by mid-2014.
According to the latest UN estimates, there will be 2.3 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon by 2014.