Syria

May 4, 2014

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) meeting with members of the Syrian Higher Relief Committee on May 3, 2014 in Damascus. (AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA)
08:48 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has urged government bodies who are tasked with providing aid and humanitarian relief in Syria to increase their “cooperation” with international and local organizations, Syrian state TV reported.

Turkey is now home to over 700,000 Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

Ongoing clashes between al Nusra Front and ISIL have caused 60,000 to flee Deir Ezzor province in Syria.

Homs was one of the first cities to rise up against Assad. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

An evacuation of rebel fighters from Homs that was set to take place Saturday has been delayed.

May 3, 2014

The Syrian conflict has brought thousands of jihadists into the country, increasing concerns in Western capitals who would like to support groups fighting against Assad.  (photo courtesy: outsidethebeltway.com)
13:45 GMT

Aid had been halted after concerns arose that aid might fall into the hands of al-Qaeda backed groups.

Lebanon is struggling to deal with overwhelming numbers of refugees in the country (File/AFP)
11:25 GMT

Forty-nine Syrian and Palestinian refugees were detained in Lebanon's airport on Saturday for allegedly attempting to illegally leave the country.

The Syrian government says it has achieved further success in the conflict (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Syria's army agreed to a ceasefire with rebels in the besieged city of Homs on Friday, allowing hundreds of militant fighters to evacuate from the city.

May 2, 2014

Eleven children are said to be among the dead in the twin suicide attack (File/AFP)
14:16 GMT

Seventeen civilians including 11 children have reportedly been killed in two bomb attacks in the Syrian city of Hama.

Asala Nasri wants you to vote her "Best Arab Female Singer".
05:00 GMT

She's got a sweet chance at snatching the title "Best Arab Female Singer", but Asala Nasri needs your help to get there!

May 1, 2014

Clashes broke out in Zabadani with Syrian forces also making gains in other towns (File/AFP)
18:09 GMT

Fourteen militants have reportedly been killed with many more injured in fierce battles with the Syrian army between the country's border with Lebanon.

The UN's refugee agency opened the camp to help ease the pressure of Syrian refugees entering Jordan (File/AFP)
17:23 GMT

A new refugee camp opened on Wednesday 100 kilometers east of Amman to hold 130,000 Syrians, fleeing violence.

ISIL is one of the deadliest groups fighting in Syria today. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT

ISIL publicly crucified two members of the Syrian opposition in retaliation for an earlier attack.

Al Qaeda is becoming increasingly decentralized but no less dangerous. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism says there has been a 43% increase in terrorist attacks in 2013.

Civilians are often caught in the middle of the brutal civil war. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Syrian rebels have attacked an asphalt factory in the province of Hama and kidnapped three people.

April 30, 2014

The aid situation in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus has been particularly dire. UN officials described the scenes as "apocalyptic". (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Overcautious United Nations’ interpretation of international law threatens thousands of lives in Syria, a group of prominent international lawyers said, arguing that there is “no legal barrier” for the UN to provide cross-border aid in the war-torn country.

Syria refugees flee across the dangerous border into Lebanon for safety (File/AFP)
15:07 GMT

Five Lebanese soldiers were injured on Wednesday when they were attacked by gunmen near the Rahwa region, bordering with Syria.