January 11, 2012

11:57 GMT

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday joined thousands of his supporters who gathered in the Umayyad Square in Damascus.

January 10, 2012

14:10 GMT

Israel's military chief on Tuesday said the country is readying to take in Syrian refugees should Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime fall.

A Moroccan man of science -  Head of the Moroccan Institute of Studies and Research - no less, this year put out the fatwa (a shade on the morbid side of life) that a husband may still sleep with his wife even if she’s dead...We can only imagine what he has to say about marital rape then.
14:09 GMT

Here's a look back at some of the year's bizarre and controversial fatwas. Weird is the word! Some are a source for debate, others an invitation for mockery or bashing, and still others, fit into a class of their own as 'bogus' fatwas. Like the Saudi Muslim Sheikh who tried to ban an airport on account of its phallic design...

11:05 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Tuesday said he will not leave power until all his people want him to do so, describing the violence in his country a "foreign conspiracy".

07:35 GMT

The former Syrian vice president Abdel Halim Khaddam has accused President Bashar al-Assad of preparing a "sectarian war"

January 9, 2012

07:35 GMT

The result of the work by the Arab observers in Syria was the introduction of some amendments in the stance within the Arab League.

January 8, 2012

Mike Feghali: Keeps his telling eyes on Lebanon: 2012 sees electricity surge - better prices, less cuts. A Jewish heritage site will be discovered in Aqar; A religious miracle brings wondrous visitors to Lebanon; Even Liban is not immune to the smoking ban's reach. He foresees an international crime, on a scale bigger than 'Harriri'.
13:30 GMT

A run-down of the top predictions from the prominent men and women in their field of regional 'predicting' and fore-casting. These Arabian 'predictors', primarily for the Arab world but also for the global future, share some of their ominous foresights for the year ahead.

12:49 GMT

At least 11 Syrian troops died and 20 others were hurt in clashes with defectors in the southern Dara'a province.

07:20 GMT

A senior European diplomat was quoted as saying on Sunday by a Kuwaiti newspaper that "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost the ability to control the course of events"

January 6, 2012

11:25 GMT

Syria on Friday blamed a "terrorist suicide bomber" for a blast which targeted a bus full of police in central Damascus.

January 5, 2012

11:50 GMT

Mahmoud Suleiman Haj Hamad the supreme inspector at Central Organization for Auditing in Syrian Premiership and Official Inspection in Defense Ministry has defected while in Cairo.

January 4, 2012

Syria revolt
16:56 GMT

Syrian rebels insist that Iranian mercenaries are trying to help the Syrian regime in the suppression of the uprising.

10:38 GMT

In the past two months, Syrian and Arab volunteers infiltrated Syria after completing their training

January 2, 2012

Arab observers
15:39 GMT

The Arab League chief stated on Monday that snipers and gunfire continue to threaten civilian lives in Syria.

12:41 GMT

Switzerland has refused an entry visa to a cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. According to a Swiss daily, Hafez Makhluof wanted to meet his lawyer in Switzerland.