Lebanon & Syria

October 14, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed Monday that the US does not believe Syrian President Bashar Assad is capable of ruling Syria. (AFP/File)
13:14 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for a peace conference on Syria to be held “very soon.” and stressed that peace would not be possible without a transitional government to replace current Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A shot of the damage in the popular Darkoush market shortly after the car bomb exploded. (YouTube/MiddleEastBrk)
10:35 GMT

At least 20 people were killed on Monday after a car bomb exploded in Syria's northern Idlib province, a Syrian watchdog reported.

Seven workers with the Red Cross were kidnapped by gunmen in Idlib province, northern Syria, on Sunday. (AFP/Getty)
09:40 GMT

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped seven workers with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after stopping their convoy early on Sunday along a roadside in northern Syria.

Sigrid Kaag as the leader of the UN's joint mission with the OPCW to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. (Photo courtesy of UNDP)
08:23 GMT

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday named Sigrid Kaag as the leader of the UN's joint mission with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

A photo showing the wreckage of the shrine in the Syrian town of Busaira. (Photo courtesy of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)
08:10 GMT

In the wake of sectarian violence, a Sufi shrine was targeted and destroyed in Easter Syria on Sunday.

Kerry comments on progress of Iranian diplomatic relations. [yimg]
05:52 GMT

Kerry comments on progress of Iran and US relations stating that the window for diplomacy is "cracked open".

October 13, 2013

Double car bombs rocked Damascus Sunday evening targeting Syria TV. [pakistannewsday]
20:38 GMT

Two bombs explode near Syria TV buildings and another near the Four Seasons hotel where UN and OPCW inspectors are staying while in Syria working on dismantling chemical weapons stockpiles.

A recent report said that several members of the Arab Democratic Party were behind the twin bombings in the northern city of Tripoli in August, which killed 45 people and wounded more than 800. (AFP/File)
14:52 GMT

A recent report said that several members of the Arab Democratic Party were behind the twin bombings in the northern city of Tripoli in August, which killed 45 people and wounded more than 800.

The Syrian National Council has announced that it will not be participating in the upcoming Geneva peace talks, council president George Sabra said Sunday. (AFP/File)
12:03 GMT

The main Syrian opposition group within the Syrian National Coalition said Sunday it would not attend a proposed peace conference in Geneva and would quit if the whole coalition participated.

Syrian regime shelling struck the southern province of Daraa on late Saturday, killing 11 civilians including women and children.  (AFP)
09:11 GMT

Syrian regime shelling struck the southern province of Daraa on late Saturday, killing 11 civilians including women and children.

The new Lebanese cabinet is due to be ready on November 22. (Image courtesy of Naharnet)
08:04 GMT

The Lebanese government will not cease its efforts to form its new cabinet over Eid Al Adha and Beirut's political powers are tentatively setting November 22, Lebanon's Independence Day, as its final completion date.

Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 9, 2013 (AFP)
07:21 GMT

After three days of fierce fighting between the Syrian army and the opposition in the northern province of Aleppo, 50 rebel fighters have been killed.

October 12, 2013

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 12, 2013 shows a burnt car after SANA said, two mortar rounds slammed into a  neighbourhood of the Syrian capital Damascus. (Image credit: AFP)
15:21 GMT

Two mortar rounds hit into the central Abu Roumaneh neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, killing a child and injuring 11 people

Syrian anti-government protestors hold a poster depicting a inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). (Image credit: AFP)
07:32 GMT

Syrian opposition groups and activists on Friday condemned a decision by the Nobel Prize Committee to present the peace prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

n opposition fighter smokes a cigarette as he takes a break following the injury of his friend. (Image credit: AFP)
06:49 GMT

The Humans Rights Watch has accused Syrian Rebels of committing war crimes against the Alawite minority.