Lebanon & Syria

June 29, 2013

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on June 23, 2013, shows civilians and security at the scene of a bombing in the Mazzeh 86 area of the Syrian capital Damascus. (Source: AFP/SANA)
07:21 GMT

As the Gulf Cooperation Council and Hezbollah aid opposing sides of the Syrian civil war, the GCC seeks to punish Hezbollah economically.

Supporters of Lebanon's radical Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir perform the weekly Friday prayers as they gather to show their support to Assir in the southern city of Sidon on June 28, 2013. Lebanese security forces have launched a manhunt for Assir, after clashes with his supporters in Sidon killed 17 soldiers. (Source: AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
06:51 GMT

Amid ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and militants loyal to Sheikh Ahmad Assir, protesters around the country show support for the Salafist Sheikh.

June 27, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a speech on the outcome of last week's G8 summit and the EU summit beginning in Brussels at the Bundestag (Johannes Eisele / AFP)
14:57 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that 'anyone with a heart' could understand Western moves to increase military backing to Syrian rebels

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on June 23, 2013, shows civilians and security at the scene of a bombing in Damascus (Used for illustrative purposes: SANA / AFP)
14:31 GMT

A suicide bomb killed at least four people in a Christian area of Damascus on Thursday, Syrian state television reported

(Screengrab from the YouTube video posted on Thursday 27 June)
13:46 GMT

The Lebanese army will investigate the unit that allegedly beat a detainee who worked with the extremist Sheikh Ahmad Assir, after a video of the incident was posted on YouTube Thursday

Syrian girls walk with their mother as she turns to look at smoke billowing from three shells dropped on the town of Al-Bara in the northwestern province of Idlib. (Source AFP/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS)
12:01 GMT

As the Syrian death toll climbs to 100,000, the U.N. sends a team of chemical experts to Turkey to investigate claims of chemical weapons usage in Syria

June 26, 2013

Rebel fighters pray in Syria's central city of Homs on June 17. (AFP/Shaams)
17:43 GMT

The Syrian army declared victory in the city of Tal Kalakh on Wednesday, having secured the city from rebels with the help of Hezbollah troops.

Former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri, who was killed by a bomb in 2005. The suspects in the case are expected to have their trial date set soon. (AFP file)
16:45 GMT

Four suspects in the 2005 bomb that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri will have their trial date set imminently, according to a Lebanese official.

 A Syrian boy walks past graffiti in the village of Kfar Nubul in the northwestern province of Idlib on Monday. (AFP)
11:30 GMT

Hours after Saudi Foreign Minister accused Damascus of genocide, Syria waded into the dialogue and blamed Saudi for the ongoing conflict and its support of "terrorists".

Lebanese policemen search for evidence at the site where at least twenty people were injured when masked assailants wielding knives attacked a bus in Beirut.(Joseph Eid / AFP)
11:25 GMT

A bus-load of Syrian musicians was attacked in Beirut by a group of masked men wielding knives, leaving 20 wounded

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on June 23, 2013, shows civilians and security at the scene of a bombing in Damascus (SANA / AFP)
10:55 GMT

The UK-based opposition-aligned watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks on coordinating aid to opposition forces in Syria (AFP)
09:21 GMT

US State Department Patrick Ventrell told reporters that Washington is unable to put a timeline on any Syrian peace conference, although he reiterated the US is pushing for the meeting as soon as possible

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal gestures during a press conference held in Jeddah (AFP)
07:35 GMT

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said conflict has has become an attempt at genocide against the Sunni-dominated opposition froces

June 25, 2013

Jabhat al Nusra fighters in Syria (File Photo AFP)
16:35 GMT

Jabhat al-Nusra claimed responsibility for

Lebanese Sunni Muslim Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir (L) holding the hand of Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker during a small concert where he sang Muslim hymns in the southern city of Sidon (Mahmoud Zayyat / AFP)
15:20 GMT

Lebanese cleric Sheikh Ahmad Assir turned his mosque into a military base, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday