Lebanon & Syria

December 14, 2013

The abducted Syria nuns appeared on television Dec. 6 (Courtesy of the Daily Star/Al-Jazeera TV)
13:08 GMT

Syrian activists told reporters Saturday that the Syrian government is still under negotiation with rebels to ensure the release of Greek Orthodox nuns that were kidnapped last week.

December 12, 2013

Snow covers the ground outside tents supplied by the UNHCR for Syrian refugee families in al-Marj, in the eastern Lebanese Bekaa Valley, on January 9, 2013 (AFP/File, Hassan Jarah)
06:13 GMT

The UK has announced that it will provide an addition $40 million for Syrian refugees for "winter assistance" as the weather across the Middle East worsens.

The Lebanese army will be deployed in Tripoli for six months in a bid to calm sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

Two residents of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district were shot as sectarian tension - largely fuelled by the nearby Syrian conflict - gripped the northern city.

December 11, 2013

Free Syria Army fighters man a position in the city of Aleppo on Sept. 16, 2012. [AFP]
20:59 GMT

Syria regime accuses Gulf countries, notably Saudi Arabia, of contributing in large part to killing of Syrians and destruction of their country.

A new report says number of foreign militants in Syria exceeds 5,000. [alalam.ir]
18:12 GMT

A new report says the number of foreign militants fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now above 5,000.

US has suspended all forms of non-lethal aid to the northern parts of Syria (Courtesy of Wikimedia)
09:30 GMT

The United States has officially suspended all of its non-lethal assistance to areas in northern Syria, according to Reuters reports from Wednesday.

Razan Zeitouneh, who was kidnapped alongside three colleagues from Damascus. (Image courtesy of The Daily Star)
06:23 GMT

Key Syrian human rights lawyer and prominent opposition activist Razan Zeitouneh and three colleagues have been kidnapped near Damascus.

Members of the Free Syrian Army. [picnik]
06:14 GMT

Not to be confused with the FSA, a Syrian rebel group named the "Islamic Front" has seized Turkey border crossing that included Western-backed FSA components.

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.