Syria

May 28, 2014

President Bashar al Assad is running for reelection despite the ongoing civil war in Syria. (AFP/File)
10:17 GMT

Syrian expats are heading to the polls in various countries to vote in Syria's presidential elections.

This year, Syrian superstar Asala beat out her competition to Ghada’s Egyptian TV drama “Al Sayidah Al Ula” (The First Lady). (Image: Albawaba edit)
09:47 GMT

Asala Nasri will be singing the theme tune for Ghada Abdel Razek's Ramadan TV series this year.

One of Syria's main opposition leaders Ahmad Jarba met with senior officials in Washington earlier this month in an appeal for more support for his country's rebel forces (File Archive/AFP)
07:31 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama is planning to authorize the country's armed forces to train selected groups of Syrian rebels.

May 27, 2014

Syrian envoy Bahjat Suleiman was given 24 hours to leave by Jordanian authorities (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition called the expulsion of Assad's envoy to Jordan a "great victory," Monday, despite Amman attempting to downplay the incident.

Thousands of foreign fighters have descended upon Syria to fight in the civil war. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT

Authorities in Morocco have arrested three people accused of recruiting and funding militants to fight in Syria against Assad's regime.

Azraq refugee camp is Jordan's newest camp for Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The UNHCR says Jordan's Azraq refugee camp is now home to over 6,000 Syrian refugees.

May 26, 2014

The Syrian ambassador was asked to leave the country after he repeatedly insulted the kingdom of Jordan. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Syria has chosen to expel the Jordanian diplomatic envoy in response to Amman expelling the Syrian ambassador Monday.

Suleiman must leave the Kingdom within 24 hours (File Archive/AFP)
13:05 GMT

Jordan expelled the Syrian ambassador Bahjat Suleiman from the Kingdom Monday.

A picture taken with a smartphone on May 25, 2014, shows emergency teams gathering at the site of a car bomb attack in a regime-held area in Syria's central city of Homs. 10 people were killed in the blasts. (AFP/SAM SKAINE)
10:34 GMT

Al Qaeda's branch in Syria - the Nusra Front - have claimed responsibility for the two latest car bombings in a pro-government neighborhood of the central city of Homs in which 10 people were killed.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said that the Syrian regime hit the areas of al-Ajram and Wadi al-Zaarour with six rockets. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided on Monday the outskirts of the border town of Arsal in northern Bekaa with several rockets.

More than one million refugees are registered in Lebanon with the UNHCR (File Archive/AFP)
08:24 GMT

The UN refugee agency's top medical expert warned Monday that aid workers can no longer provide critical health treatment to Syrian refugees due to lack of funding.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohamad  was previously sentenced to life in prison in Lebanon in 2010, following a terrorism conviction, but was released on bail after witnesses recanted their testimony
07:01 GMT

A firebrand Islamist preacher who was banned from the UK after praising Al Qaeda attacks on the West has been arrested in Lebanon for allegedly supporting terrorism.

May 25, 2014

Many Syrian citizens in Homs have been caught in the crossfire during the civil war. (AFP/File)
14:19 GMT

A car bomb in Homs has killed 10 people and injured at least 40 others.

The regime is currently in control of the cities in the Idlib province, but the countryside areas are under the control of the rebels (File Archive)
12:47 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria detonated four suicide bombs on army positions in an attempt to cut of Idlib province from coastal access.

Assad said Russia has defended global stability and the Syrian nation against "terrorism" (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Bashar al-Assad thanked Russia for help "against terrorism" during a meeting with the Russian deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin.