Lebanon & Syria

July 8, 2013

Lebanese parliament (Source: AFP file photo)
11:07 GMT

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said Monday his efforts to form his government had yet to bear any results and said the unfavorable option of resignation was still available to him

July 7, 2013

Hezbollah honors its dead fighter, killed in Syria in July, 2013 (Image Ali Dia / AFP)
22:21 GMT

Lebanese parents have asked Hezbollah leaders to stop sending their sons to fight for the regime in Syria, a source told Asharq al-Awsat

Lebanese army soldiers inspect the site of twin roadside bombs, detonated minutes apart, in the town of Hermel, a few kilometres from Baalbek in the Bekaa valley (AFP)
13:36 GMT

Three people were injured when two roadside bombs exploded in the Bekaa region

 Syrian demonstrators posing with a banner referring to the situation in both Syria and Egypt during an anti-regime protest in Kfar Nubul in the northwestern province of Idlib (Shaam news network / AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition on Saturday elected Ahmad Assi Jarba as its president after a tight contest held in Istanbul

July 5, 2013

 Sidon's mufti Sheikh Salim Sousan (R) prays inside the Bilal bin Rabah mosque, in the Abra district of the southern city of Sidon on June 29, 2013 (Source: AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
07:19 GMT

Sheikh Ahmad al-Asir called on the Sunni community to “break the barrier of fear and fear only God,” urging them to protest “in a peaceful and civilized manner” after Friday prayers “in coordination with the Muslim clerics.”

July 4, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. An interview to a local newspaper in Damascus on July 02, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / SANA)
14:48 GMT

Syrian President says in an interview with Syria's official newspaper Thawra that only direct foreign military intervention could oust him.

Members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) attend the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces meeting in Istanbul (Ozan Kose / AFP)
14:48 GMT

The Syrian army renewed its assault on Homs city on Thursday, pounding the centre with airstrikes

July 3, 2013

Last week, the Lebanese Army launched a crackdown on Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir after his gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in Abra, east of the southern city of Sidon, killing three soldiers. (Source: AFP)
13:20 GMT

Leaders of the Lebanese Christian community urge citizens to accept security forces

A wounded Syrian man arrives to receive treatment at Bab al-Hawa hospital near Syria's rebel-controlled border with Turkey (Source: AFP/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS)
07:52 GMT

The opposition-aligned Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead in Tuesday’s shelling in Kfar Batna included two women and a child.

July 2, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press regarding his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Jacquelyn Martin / AFP)
13:06 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington and Moscow are making progress on an international peace conference but it is unlikely to take place until September

The Free Syrian Army reportedly targeted senior security officers in a car bomb attack on a Damascus district late Monday, activist groups said. (Al Bawaba File Photo)
07:32 GMT

The Free Syrian Army reportedly targeted senior security officers in a car bomb attack on a Damascus district late Monday, activist groups said.

July 1, 2013

UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets a group of recently arrived refugees at the Syria/Jordan border (UNHCR / AFP)
16:00 GMT

The New York-based Human Rights Watch on Monday criticized three of Syria's neighbors for restricting access to refugees

A woman walks with two children, looks back at smoke billowing in Idlib province (AFP)
15:01 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council on Monday called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting to prevent a massacre taking place in the central Syrian city of Homs

Al-Nusra Front fighters (AFP image used for illustrative purposes)
12:51 GMT

Family member says a Jordanian pilot has deserted to join the al-Nusra Front fighting in Syria

A policeman directs traffic in Beirut (image used for illustrative purposes)
11:48 GMT

A man set himself on fire outside the offices of Electricite Du Liban (EDL) in Beirut at a protest over employees benefits