Syria

August 19, 2014

The Ark Futura, a Danish-chartered cargo vessel which is assisting in the effort to extract Syrian chemical weapons from the country (File/AFP)
10:26 GMT

The Pentagon says a specially-equipped US ship has completed the neutralization of all the 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons components.

The ban applies to all US-registered planes, commercial operators and FAA-licensed pilots. [FAA Website]
07:26 GMT

The United States has announced that Syrian airspace in not safe for American airlines due to the ongoing conflict in the country.

Thousands of Syrians have been displaced since the war began in 2011 (File/AFP)
06:52 GMT

Australia's government has been taking steps to deport refugees fleeing Syrian violence, according to a letter and emails obtained by Britain's Guardian newspaper.

A dishevelled Haruna Yukawa, who has allegedly been kidnapped by ISIS (YouTube).
06:00 GMT

Japan's government is investigating a video posted online depicting a Japanese man apparently kidnapped by ISIS militants.

August 18, 2014

The Assad regime continued air strikes that it began Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

The Syrian air force carried out air strikes against ISIS militants in the province of Raqqa Monday.

Lebanon currently hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, making up 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Lebanese authorities tightened controls on Syrian refugees in Bsharri after a wave of violence between militants and the army across Arsal earlier this month.

The tension between the Druze and the Bedouin of Swaida dates back to the eruption of violence between the two communities in 2000. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Clashes between Druze and Bedouins in southern Syria killed 15 people.

ISIS militants killed over 700 people from rural Deir al-Zor over the past two weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (File/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Syria's air force continued to carry out dozens of strikes against ISIS militants in Raqqa Sunday, killing 31 extremists and eight civilians.

But taking into account the depreciation of the Syrian pound against the U.S. dollar, the results show a steeper decline of nearly 77 percent.
04:55 GMT

The combined net profits of six out of seven Lebanese banks operating in Syria dropped 54 percent in the first half of 2014.

August 17, 2014

A Syrian fighter jet flies over the northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn. [Press TV]
15:58 GMT

The Syrian army's jet fighters have launched a series of fresh aerial strikes against the strongholds of Takfiri ISIL militants in northern Syria, killing nineteen ISIL militants and injuring tens of others.

Many of the victims were beheaded by ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT

ISIS extremists in Syria executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat tribe, while 1,800 people remain missing, according to a British-based monitoring group.

August 16, 2014

An LAF tank outside Arsal. (AFP)
14:22 GMT

Lebanese PM Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.

Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to Tfail in April. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT

The mayor of Tfail said Saturday that the Syrian army ordered residents to evacuate in 48 hours before the military shells the tiny eastern border village in Lebanon.

August 14, 2014

Mai poses as a man with her sister Mais! (Image: Facebook)
12:15 GMT

Mais Hamdan humored her fans with a picture of the man of her dreams, and he wasn't what they were expecting, at all!

August 13, 2014

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the advances in Aleppo were partly a result of the decision by the Islamist Dawud Brigade to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
10:45 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State have taken control of a string of villages in Syria's Aleppo province.