Lebanon & Syria

September 21, 2013

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on September 20, 2013 shows alleged Northern Storm brigade members, loyal to the Free Syrian Army. [AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE]
15:49 GMT

Russian states that absolute cooperation must shown by Syria or Russia could change its position.

Tunisian women rally to support equal rights. [nydailynews.com]
05:52 GMT

Mixed views as some women are blocked from leaving the country of Tunisia due to events surrounding "sexual jihad" behavior.

September 20, 2013

OPCW reported Friday that Syria has sent initial information on its chemical weapons to the organization ahead of Saturday's deadline (Courtesy of Guus Schoonewille/EPA)
15:40 GMT

Syria has begun to send information regarding its chemical weapon arsenal to OPCW ahead of Saturday's deadline, but OPCW announced Friday that it will postpone Sunday's executive meeting to vote on a timetable for the destruction of all chemical weapons within Syria.

The rebel groups ISIS and the Free Syrian Army have agreed to a ceasefire in Azaz (Courtesy of Paul Wood/BBC)
11:15 GMT

Rebel leaders from ISIS and the Free Syrian Army have agreed to a ceasefire in Azaz.

French President Hollande announces Thursday he is ready to arm Syrian rebels (Courtesy of Global Research News)
07:25 GMT

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that France is considering arming Syrian rebels for the first time in a "controlled framework."

Syrian officials publicly announce that its country's civil war has reached a stalemate (Courtesy of Sebastiano Tomada/Sipa USA)
06:17 GMT

The Syrian Deputy Prime Minister acknowledged Thursday that his country's civil war has reached a stalemate and that the regime would call for a cease-fire and a peaceful political process if Geneva II talks are to take place.

September 19, 2013

The Free Syrian army alleges that the Syrian regime has transferred enough chemical weapons to Lebanon, via Hezbollah, to "kill half the population". Here, bodies are shown in a makeshift morgue after they were killed by a chemical attack on the suburbs of Damascus on August 21. (AFP/File)
18:34 GMT

The Free Syrian Army has urged the UN to look into claims that the Syrian regime gave chemical arms to Hezbollah, calling on the UN chemical inspectors to expand their investigation to Lebanese territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed on Thursday that he is not entirely confident that Assad will go through with the chemical arms deal. (AFP/File)
18:01 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he is not entirely convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad will go through with the Russian driven plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

Violence and bomb attacks in Homs (courtesy of TheNews.com.pk)
11:25 GMT

A bomb in Syria's Homs village of Jbourin kills 19 passengers on Thursday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that eliminating Syria's chemical arsenal would take one year and cost $1 billion. (Getty/File)
07:57 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile would cost $1 billion.

Activists are accusing the Assad regime of using phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. Zaatari refugee camps, which houses over 120,000 Syrian refugees forced out of their country by violence, lies only a few kilometres from the border. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Sparking fears of a regional spillover of the Syrian crisis, activists said Wednesday that the Syrian government has used phosphorous bombs near the Jordanian border. The alleged use of the weapons raises questions over the regime's use of chemical weapons.

September 18, 2013

Jordan's King Abdullah II (C) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. (AFP)
16:52 GMT

King Abdullah of Jordan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and discussed the recent US-Russian led plan that aims to dismantle Syria's chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

Young Syrian refugees from Aleppo beg with their mother (L) on the steps of a bank in a street in Beirut on September 18, 2013. (AFP)
12:53 GMT

According to the latest UN estimates, there will be 2.3 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon by 2014.

Syrian rebels. [thesun.co.uk]
11:42 GMT

Russia receives new evidence from Syrian regime pointing towards rebel involvement in the recent chemical weapons attack.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the media after attending a briefing in the Security Council on the weapons inspectors report on chemical weapons in Syria. [AFP]
08:36 GMT

Discussion of the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons continues as each side pushes for completion of the terms of the agreement.