Lebanon & Syria

November 27, 2013

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.

The scene of devastation in Beirut last week after two suicide bombers hit the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital. Hezbollah is to blame for such terrorist acts, former PM Saad Hariri said Sunday.
04:00 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri blamed Shiite group Hezbollah and its involvement in the Syrian crisis for the infiltration of terrorism into Lebanon, days after two suicide bombers attacked the Iranian embassy in the Beirut suburbs.

November 24, 2013

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed Sunday's nuclear deal with Iran as a "historic mistake". (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the six-month deal secured in Geneva to halt Iran's nuclear program a "historic mistake", reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself against all threats.

Damascus' Ghouta region that has been under regime siege for months, was also targeted in the August chemical attacks (File Archive/AFP)
10:34 GMT

The Syrian regime "welcomed" Iran's deal with world powers on its nuclear program Sunday as fighting between regime and rebel troops in Syria's capital left more than 70 people dead.

People walk past the rubble of buildings that were reportedly destroyed during regime air strikes in Aleppo city's eastern Tariq al-Bab district on November 23, 2013. Alongside destruction inside Syria, Lebanese towns have also been the target of regime planes. (AFP)
05:38 GMT

Warplanes belonging to the Syrian government on Saturday bombarded the Lebanese border town of Arsal with rockets. No injuries were reported.