February 10, 2014
As the U.N. finished evacuating some 700 people from the besieged city of Homs over the weekend, a fresh round of peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition began in Switzerland.
At least 21 civilians and 20 pro-regime fighters were killed in an Alawite village in Syria's Hama province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
A senior official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has hailed “good” progress in talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were ousted from Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Monday after a hard three-day battle with Islamist rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Western military action against Islamist fighters in southern Libya has been ruled out by France, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.
Iranian official Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused the United States of resorting to "excuses" over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
Hamas and Fatah are holding a series of meetings in a bid to discuss national reconciliation, as the first step on the road to "freedom and independence is Palestinian unity".
Some 1,800 residents remain trapped in a blockaded area of Homs as the U.N. struggles to evacuate the city's besieged residents, 700 of whom have been removed from Homs since Friday.
In efforts to cut off supplies to Damascus, an Alawite village was seized on Sunday by Islamist rebels.
Hezbollah has vowed to continue efforts in Syria.
After rounds of debate on driving in the KSA, women are taking another stand for their freedom to move.
February 9, 2014
Egypt’s deposed president Mohammad Mursi asked about military leader Abdel Fattah al Sisi’s resolve to run for president according to a leaked recording, obtained by the Egyptian daily news website al Watan.
Hundreds of civilians were evacuated Sunday from the besieged city of Homs, braving gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar shells to flee as part of a rare three-day truce to relieve a choking blockade, the Associated Press reported.
Saudi Arabia has called for an “emergency” meeting over what is happening in Syria, citing “growing evidence pointing to war crimes,” and the lack of implementation of previous agreements regarding the conflict, a letter sent to the U.N. General Assembly dated Feb. 7 showed.
Israel's right-wing Foreign Minister told his coalition partners Sunday that their "snipes" at the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts risked "estranging a true friend."