Lebanon & Syria

December 11, 2013

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.

Image of a fallen Hezbollah sign. The Shia have been in Lebanon for a thousand years, but Hezbollah has only existed since 1982. [worldaffairsjournal]
05:32 GMT

Hezbollah reaches out in disagreement on news channel Al-Manar who made a public apology to Bahrain on Monday.

Syrian pro-government forces patrol in their tank in the town of Nabak near Damascus on December 7, 2013. [AFP]
04:29 GMT

Fighting is still ongoing as leaders decide details around chemical weapons destruction.

Syrian pro-government forces drive inside a military vehicle after capturing the town of Nabak, north of Damascus, near the border with Lebanon in the Qalamoun region, on December 9, 2013. [AFP]
03:54 GMT

Russia is considering serving as the transportation provider for Syria's chemical weapons move to the floating destruction facility.

December 9, 2013

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army holds his rifle in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on December 1, 2013. According to an Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Palestinians and Arab Israelis have joined the opposition forces in Syria. (AFP)
19:47 GMT

According to a recent Israeli intelligence report, an increasing number of Salafists from Gaza and Israeli Arabs have joined ranks with jihadist rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

OPCW said Sunday that there might be a delay in transporting Syria's deadliest chemical weapons out of the country due to technical difficulties. (AFP/File)
05:41 GMT

The international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW warned Sunday that there might be a delay of a few days in transporting Syria's chemical weapons out of the country due to unforeseen technical difficulties.

Auxiliary Bishop at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East Luqa al-Khoury declared war on the Syrian rebels. [pravoslavie]
04:20 GMT

A senior Orthodox Church official has urged Christians to take up arms to defend themselves and their holy places in the wake of the recent abduction of a group of nuns from the ancient village of Maaloula in Syria.

December 8, 2013

Government forces are seeking to encircle the rebels in the Qalamoun region north of Damascus and sever opposition supply lines across the nearby border with Lebanon. [AFP]
17:41 GMT

Syrian government forces made advances on Sunday in the town of al-Nabk, one of the last rebel-held areas in Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon, a watchdog said.

Amid fresh claims of a chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town of Nabek on Friday, hundreds of Syrian refugees entered into Jordan this weekend. Here, refugees are seen entering Jordan via the northern border last week. (Photo courtesy of The Jordan Times/Nader Daoud)
12:49 GMT

Hundreds of Syrians fled to Jordan on Saturday as allegations of a new chemical weapons attack reportedly fuelled a fresh exodus from Damascus towards the border region.

Lakhdar Brahimi meets UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon ahead of a meeting with Bashar al-Assad. [AFP]
08:30 GMT

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will discuss details of Geneva II with U.N. and Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Paris on Sunday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [jagranjosh]
04:53 GMT

Syrian government and opposition to receive invitations to attend the Geneva II meetings which will be held in late January.

The photo shows Greek Orthodox nuns at the Meriamiah Church in Damascus on December 9, 2012. [alalam]
04:00 GMT

The head of Lebanon's General Security headed to Qatar on Saturday to seek assistance in the case of a group of nuns seized earlier this month in Syria.