Lebanon & Syria
December 17, 2013
The tentative Geneva II peace conference to end the conflict in Syria will now take place in the Swiss town of Montreaux due to hotel space shortages in Geneva. With conference logistics underway, Syrian regime forces still continued air raids on Aleppo's rebel-held neighborhoods for a third straight day, leaving at least 13 people dead.
The UN chemical watchdog is scheduled to meet Tuesday to approve the final plan for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon stockpile.
Lebanon and the U.N.'s Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) told reporters Monday evening that the Lebanese soldier who shot and killed an Israeli solder on the border acted alone.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told reporters late Monday that the Geneva II dialogue aimed to end the conflict in Syria cannot begin until a cease-fire is declared in the country.
A car bomb exploded at dawn Tuesday in eastern Lebanon near a Hezbollah position.
December 16, 2013
Lebanese leaders condemned the death of a soldier who was killed after two suicide bomb attacks in Sidon.
The United Nations is seeking $6.5 billion for 16 million people that have been affected by the conflict in Syria.
Italy has agreed to allow vessels carrying Syrian chemical weapons to use one of its ports to carry out the weapons destruction at sea.
US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters late Sunday that he expects the US to resume non-lethal aid shipments to Syria "very quickly."
At least 37 people have now died from regime air raids on Syria's Aleppo Sunday. Two representatives from Syria's Islamist rebel group faction also told reporters that proposed meetings between their coalition and the United States are false.
Two army checkpoint attacks in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon left an army first sergeant and four militants dead Sunday evening.
UN agencies and NGOs announced that they will launch what they hope will be the biggest campaign for Syria Monday to raise much-needed funding to aid internally-displaced and refugees from the conflict.
December 15, 2013
After Assad tricked EU governments into releasing millions in funds, Britain has tightened sanctions blocking assets to the Syrian regime.
On Sunday, the United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria from Iraq, amid announcements that it plans to supply more food and winter supplies - such as blankets and medicine - to the Kurdish northeast in the coming 12 days.
Air raids in Syria's Aleppo left 15 people dead in rebel-held areas of the city, and continued fighting in Adra has left 28 dead thus far.