Lebanon & Syria

September 14, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (back to camera) meet while seated with their senior aides at a hotel in Geneva on September 14, 2013.  [AFP]
11:35 GMT

A summary of what is coming down the pipeline in terms of decisions about Syria.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on September 12, 2013, shows President Bashar al-Assad attending an interview with Russian television [AFP]
06:21 GMT

During the most recent UN meeting, UN Chief Ban accuses Assad of war crimes and pushes for full accountability from Assad and his regime in the deaths of thousands.

September 13, 2013

Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev shows the way to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. [AFP]
13:14 GMT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani praises Syria for progress in chemical weapons overturn. Hassan also looks to use UN meeting as a communication launch for next steps in Tehran's uranium enrichment.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov give a joint press conference in Geneva following their meeting on Syria's chemical weapons, on September 12, 2013. [AFP]
06:55 GMT

Talks continue in Geneva as Syria and U.S. test the waters of agreements around the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program.

September 12, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad said he will not surrender Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles unless the US stops threatening to launch a strike against the country. (AFP)
18:37 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that he will surrender his chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community on the provision that the US stops threatening to launch a military strike against Syria.

Syrian American protesters gather outside the US Capitol urging Congress to support US. President Barack Obama in striking Syria. Russia has come up with a proposal that will allow Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles to the US. (AFP)
15:59 GMT

The Russian government on Thursday produced a four-step plan that will allow Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles so that they are put under international control in the US.

The Syrian opposition says there has been another chemical weapons attack in Damascus. The last chemical weapons attack, on 21 August, killed over 1,400 people. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

Syrian opposition groups say there has been another chemical weapons attack in Damascus, in the suburb of Jobar.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin wrote a direct appeal to the American people over the Syria conflict in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. (AFP)
13:00 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed piece for US newspaper the New York Times on Thursday, in which he warned Americans over the

Two stray mortary shells from Syria hit the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday. Druze women from Israel watch mortar shells exploding in the Golan Heights in June. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT

Two stray mortary shells fired from Syrian territory hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday.

Fabius, French Foreign Minister. said Thursday that the UN will publish its findings on Syria's use of chemical weapons on Monday. (AFP)
09:23 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced Thursday that the report from the UN chemical team investigating an alleged chemical weapons attack will 'probably' be published Monday.

September 11, 2013

An UN Commission has found the Assad regime responsible for eight massacres over the last year and a half. (AFP/File)
15:46 GMT

Evidence released by the UN Commission confirmed at least eight massacres have been perpetrated in Syria by President Bashar Assad’s regime over the last year and a half.

Newly arrived Syrian refugees coming from Alawite neighbourhood are pictured at the Pir Sultan Abdal Foundation which belongs to Turkish Alawite community. 107 Syrian refugees are set to be relocated to Germany from Lebanon. (AFP)
11:01 GMT

The UNHCR said on Wednesday that over 100 refugees are to be relocated to Hanover, Germany from Lebanon in a bid to offer them access to improved humanitarian care.

In a televised address, President Obama promised to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria.
04:50 GMT

In a televised address from the Oval Office, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to explore a diplomatic initiative from Russia to neutralize Syria's chemical weapons.

September 10, 2013

A defector from the Syrian government claims he has evidence that Assad's government was directly responsible for the chemical attacks in Aleppo last March.
20:01 GMT

Even as the prospect of a military strike on Syria dimmed significantly, a forensic expert from the Syrian government came forward to say he has evidence about the chemical attacks.

 French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius gives a press conference on the situation in Syria, on September 10, 2013 at the ministry in Paris. (AFP)
13:15 GMT

France on Tuesday said it would submit a draft UN resolution that will allow Damascus to avoid military intervention if it puts its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control.