Lebanon & Syria

November 28, 2013

According to Al Joumhouria newspaper, Al Qaeda-affiliated militants are mobilising in the Ain El Hilweh refugee camp. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

There has been an unprecedented mobilisation of extremist Al Qaeda-affiliated militants in the Ain El Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon, south of Lebanon, according to a newspaper report published Thursday.

Syrian opposition national coalition Ahmad Jarba told reporters "We are now ready to go to Geneva" (File Archive/AFP)
07:05 GMT

The Syrian opposition National Coalition announced late Wednesday that the group will attend the proposed Geneva II talks aimed to solve the Syrian conflict, rejecting Iran's participation in the talks and reaffirming their position that Assad cannot play any role in Syria's future.

The US has offered OPCW to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons in international waters. Seen here is the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg, left, and the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman transiting the Strait of Gibraltar on August 3, 2013 on their way to the Mediterranean Sea. (AFP/File)
06:44 GMT

The Obama administration has offered to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal in international waters due to the difficulties faced by disposing of the weapons on any nation's soil.

November 27, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  gives a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on November 27, 2013. [Atta Kenare/AFP]
15:14 GMT

he foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in Syria before proposed peace talks in Geneva scheduled for Jan. 22.

Syria has rejected the exclusion of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from political transition in the country. [Getty Images/Sasha Mordovets]
15:00 GMT

Syria rejects barring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from political transition in the country.

Syrian rebel group Liwa al-Tawhid Brigade is one of the opposition factions party to the new alliance (Courtesy of EA Worldview)
07:35 GMT

A new rebel alliance formed among various Syrian opposition groups shared with reporters Tuesday that they want the future of the Syrian state to be a democratic and "Islamic" one that is ruled through a Shura council.

Al-Jadeed TV managed to capture footage of the brawl Tuesday (Courtesy of Naharnet)
06:33 GMT

Clashes between security officers and TV reporters from Lebanon's Al-Jadeed television statement sparked a mass protests in Beirut late Tuesday.

UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press conference on November 25, 2013 following a meeting of senior Russian and US diplomats to prepare the 'Geneva II' peace conference. [AFP]
04:30 GMT

The opposition Syrian National Coalition will take full possession of the country's seat on the Arab League now that it has formed a provisional government, its chief said Tuesday in Cairo.

November 26, 2013

A picture taken on November 13, 2013, shows debris and damaged buildings in the town of Hujeira south of the Syrian capital Damascus. [AFP]
17:08 GMT

Fifteen people were killed and more than 30 were wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in a suburb west of Damascus, state media said on Tuesday.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius [AFP]
15:41 GMT

Fabius made the comments a day after the United States and Russia threw their weight behind the dubbed Geneva II peace talks

WHO launched a polio vaccination campaign earlier this month in Syria and neighboring countries in an effort to curb the spread of the paralyzing disease (AP)
11:41 GMT

The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that polio has spread to two new areas near Syria's main cities of Damascus and Aleppo.

Suicide car bombs in Baghdad have become a daily occurrence in the Iraqi capital (File Archive/AFP)
07:05 GMT

Syria's conflict is "fueling terrorism" and sectarian tensions in Iraq, with jihadists exploiting Baghdad's weak security operation and political deadlock to strengthen al-Qaeda presence nationally and regionally.

November 25, 2013

The United Nations on Monday announced that the Geneva II Syria peace conference - which aims to bring together the government and opposition - is set to be held on January 22, 2014. In this handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on November 15, 2013, soldiers loyal to the regime posing with their weapons. (AFP)
12:40 GMT

The United Nations on Monday announced that the Geneva II Syria peace conference - which aims to bring together the government and opposition - is set to be held on January 22, 2014.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of planting a bomb in Lebanon's third largest city, the restive Sidon. (AFP/File)
06:11 GMT

Two Palestinian men were arrested on late Sunday evening on suspisicon of planting a bomb in the Taamir Ain El Hilweh area in Sidon, Lebanon. The Levant country has been on high alert after two suicide bombers targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut last week.

Bodies of children killed in the August chemical attacks lie in a makeshift morgue in Damascus on August 22, 2013. A recent study shows that 11,420 children have died in the Syrian conflict so far (AFP/File)
05:52 GMT

A report conducted by the Oxford Research Group has found that 11,420 children have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011, with explosive weapons causing over 70 percent of the deaths.