Lebanon & Syria
October 17, 2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed Assistant Secretary General Sigrid Kaag Wednesdat to lead the joint mission to eradicate Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. The Secretary General also announced that he is stepping up efforts to hold Syria peace talks in mid-November.
October 16, 2013
Taking a looks at possible options for the players involved in the Syrian crisis leads to much needed leadership strength in the coming months of Middle Eastern diplomacy.
October 15, 2013
A Lebanese prosecutor on Monday charged seven suspects over the August 23 Tripoli bombings that killed 47 people and wounded hundreds more.
October 14, 2013
Lebanese military experts dismantled a car bomb that was rigged in a southern Beirut suburb, thwarting a potential violent attack.
Four of the seven aid workers kidnapped in Syria on Monday have been freed, according to the Red Cross, adding that those released were "safe and sound".
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.
At least 20 people were killed on Monday after a car bomb exploded in Syria's northern Idlib province, a Syrian watchdog reported.
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.
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.
In the wake of sectarian violence, a Sufi shrine was targeted and destroyed in Easter Syria on Sunday.
Kerry comments on progress of Iran and US relations stating that the window for diplomacy is "cracked open".
October 13, 2013
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.
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.