Regional News

August 31, 2013

EGYPT, Cairo : Representatives of Arab countries hold an extra-ordinary meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, August 27, 2013, to discuss the latest political and military crisis in Syria. AFP PHOTO/STR
14:49 GMT

Arab Foreign ministers will meet three days earlier than planned on Sunday, in light of the current escalation of events surrounding intervention in Syria.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : Syrians gather near a vehicle of the United Nations (UN) arms experts as they inspect a site suspected of being hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack last week on August 28, 2013 in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus. AFP PHOTO /MOHAMED ABDULLAH
14:08 GMT

United Nations weapons inspectors left Damascus Saturday, with final results from their analysis of samples expected to take up to two weeks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / ALEXEY NIKOLSKY
13:46 GMT

Russian leader Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he was "convinced" chemical attacks in Syria were the work of those trying to push foreign powers into the Syrian conflict.

LEBANON, Tripoli : A Lebanese soldier inspect burnt vehicles on August 24, 2013 on the site of a bombing outside Al-Taqwa mosque the day before in the northern city of Tripoli. AFP PHOTO IBRAHIM CHALHOUB
11:40 GMT

Bahrain became the latest country late Friday to urge its citizens not to travel to Lebanon, following in the footsteps of travel warnings issued by the UK, France and Kuwait.

Syrian troops fire a heavy machine gun mounted on a pick-up truck in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30, 2013. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/SAM SKAINE
11:28 GMT

A parliamentary delegation left for Syria and Lebanon on Saturday to examine the situation there.

SYRIA, DERIK : Fighters of the Kurdish of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) stand in a trench on August 28, 2013 about 30 kms south of the Kurdish town of Derik (aka al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. AFP PHOTO ALICE MARTINS
10:40 GMT

A Syrian security official said Saturday that the country was expecting a military strike "at any moment", just hours after U.N. inspectors left the capital Damascus.

EGYPT, Cairo : Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi clash with security forces, in Cairo, on August 30, 2013. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
10:04 GMT

Friday saw a relatively low turnout of protesters in support of ousted President Morsi on the streets of Cairo, despite six dead and dozens of injuries.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : A Syrian army tank maneuvers in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/SAM SKAINE
09:55 GMT

The government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria branded as "fabricated" a U.S. intelligence report which found the Syrian regime guilty of using chemical weapons on its own citizens.

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with Latvia President Andris Berzins, Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, August 30, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON
09:19 GMT

U.S. President Barak Obama said on Friday he is mulling over military action in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

August 30, 2013

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : Syrians gather near vehicles of the United Nations (UN) arms experts as they inspect a site suspected of being hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack last week on August 28, 2013 in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus. AFP PHOTO /MOHAMED ABDULLAH
19:16 GMT

U.N. disarmament envoy Angela Kane left Syria Friday, whilst the rest of the U.N. chemical inspection team is expected to cross the border Saturday.

UNITED STATES, Washington : WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement at the State Department August 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
18:59 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revealed details of an intelligence report on Syria Friday, which says the regime prepared for days in advance to launch a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Damascus.

 A cutout of US President Barack Obama stands on the sidewalk as demonstrators march in protest during a rally against a possible US and allies attack on Syria in response to possible use of chemical weapons by the Assad government, in Lafayette Park in front of the White House in Washington, DC on August 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
16:21 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama met on Friday with his national security team on Syria, as the White House said it planned to release an intelligence report supposedly confirming the role of the Syrian regime in the death of hundreds by chemical attack in a Damascus suburb.

EGYPT, Cairo : Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's toppled president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) take part in a demonstration in Hilwan, south of Cairo, on August 30, 2013.AFP PHOTO/STR
15:44 GMT

Supporters of ousted president Morsi began marching after noon prayers Friday in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, amid tightened security measures.

YEMEN, SANAA : Yemeni security forces inspect a damaged military bus following a bomb blast in Sanaa on August 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
14:44 GMT

At least four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike Friday, including one local Qaeda leader.

LEBANON, Tripoli : People perform the Friday prayer on August 31, 2013, inside Al-Salam mosque that was targeted with a car bomb a week ago in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. AFP PHOTO STR
14:11 GMT

Lebanon charged five people Friday, including one Syrian intelligence officer, over the Tripoli bombings that killed nearly 50 people last week.