Lebanon & Syria
November 28, 2013
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.
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 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
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 rejects barring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from political transition in the country.
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.
Clashes between security officers and TV reporters from Lebanon's Al-Jadeed television statement sparked a mass protests in Beirut late Tuesday.
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
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.
Fabius made the comments a day after the United States and Russia threw their weight behind the dubbed Geneva II peace talks
The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that polio has spread to two new areas near Syria's main cities of Damascus and Aleppo.
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.
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.
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.