Syria

April 23, 2012

Homs
13:23 GMT

The UN observers overseeing a fragile ceasefire in Syria on Monday began their second week of mission with trips to the outskirts of the capital.

April 22, 2012

Mario F. Kassar, 61: This 'super'-rich Mario is a Hollywood super-film producer. Originally Lebanese, born in Beirut, the A-rate filmer worked for Columbia & TriStar pictures before heading up Carolco. He produced films such as the Rambo's, Terminator 2, Basic Instinct & Stargate. Nominated for 12 Oscars, he lives in the US with a film fortune.
16:50 GMT

In a sequel to Bet You Didn't Know these Celebs Were Arab, here's a run-down of some of the region's wealthiest 'Arabs' abroad. A short-list of the Arab diaspora's most affluent members.

UN observers
09:23 GMT

The Syrian army bombed Sunday several areas in Duma, a suburb of Damascus, Syrian activists reported.

April 21, 2012

Syria
15:47 GMT

The UN observers arrived Saturday in Homs, ahead of an expected vote in the Security Council on strengthening their mission

April 20, 2012

Syria
17:09 GMT

Thousands of Syrians protested Friday against President Bashar al-Assad and challenged the team of international observers already on the ground to monitor a cease-fire established by the plan of international envoy Kofi Annan.

Asalah Nasri provokes controversy in Saudi woman circles
16:17 GMT

Syrian singer Asalah Nasri has stirred an upset among Saudi women when she came across as patronizing toward the Saudi fairer sex on a visit in Jeddah.

April 19, 2012

Syria
14:44 GMT

Over 100 people died during the week following the start of the cease-fire in Syria.

Deniz Cakir plays Fotun in popular Turkish soap Falling Leaves
12:57 GMT

When Life Echoes Soap and secret marriages are the stuff of actors and actresses off-screen lives: Turkish Star Deniz Cakir, known to most as 'Fotun', has gotten hitched in private.

"Syria is selling its gold at rock bottom prices,” said a Western diplomatic source
11:33 GMT

Syria is trying to sell gold reserves to raise revenue as Western and Arab sanctions targeting its central bank and oil exports begin to bite, diplomats and traders said.

April 18, 2012

Fatima has stormed the Arab-Turkish axis of soap!
15:15 GMT

Translation problems in the Turkish soap 'Fatima' have hampered understanding in the Arab world audience who are watching the dubbed version.

Wallid al Mouallem
08:17 GMT

The Syrian Foreign Minister Wallid al Mouallem on Wednesday pledged in Beijing that Damascus will comply with the requirements of the peace plan by Kofi Annan

April 17, 2012

Jerry Seinfeld: Turns out he could be as much as half Arab, of the Syrian variety! With a mother of Syrian Jewish heritage and a Turkish immigrant father, this man's star-studded street credit traces back to Ellis Island. In fact, the proud-'Araby' nabbed the family heritage award from the 'Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation' in 2009.
20:34 GMT

We are proud to announce a list of Western stars and luminaries of the entertainment and art world who have something of the Arab within! Did you know that the following famous people had Arab origins? Here's a selection of Hollywood acting legends and singing stars, who come in degrees of Arab-ness, from partial, to fully-fledged and native speaking.

Homs
13:57 GMT

The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov warned Tuesday against any attempt from "outside forces" to torpedo the efforts of the UN Security Council regarding the Syrian crisis.

April 16, 2012

Observers
17:19 GMT

Fierce fighting between Syrian troops and deserters reported on Monday as bombing resumed in Homs.

Syria
07:37 GMT

The first group of UN observers to monitor the truce in Syria arrived in Damascus.