June 16, 2011

Thomas MacMaster is the real face behind the fake blogging persona of the lesbian woman he fooled the world's
media into believing in. He came 'out'  as a fraud blogger once some self-appointed internet detectives began to smoke him out of his
Scotland student safe-den. If OBL could not hide...
16:15 GMT

The 'Gay Girl in Damascus' it turns out was neither in Damascus nor gay or female, for that matter. This story has had the media world in a bit of a frenzy in the last fortnight. It is the story of an American man in the UK studying for his masters in Middle East studies who, while distracting himself from his thesis, distracted the whole internet and news worlds with him. But while detracting us from real news on the Syrian ground, this blog fantasist also threw into relief some long-coming issues on credibility, trust and changing nature of journalism. Follow the story in pictures of so-called Amina Abdallah Araf Omari as it unfolded.

06:16 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told Syrian president President Bashar Al Assad’s envoy the regime must end a crackdown on protesters.

June 15, 2011

Assad and the king
15:50 GMT

Jordan said Syria reopened its border crossing with the kingdom on Wednesday .

Syria army
09:25 GMT

The Syrian government has called for thousands of refugees who fled to Turkey to return to their homes.

June 14, 2011

Syria army
12:43 GMT

Iran on Tuesday said Israel and the USA are standing behind the riots in Syria, Iran's closest ally in the Arab world.

June 13, 2011

13:13 GMT

The Syrian regime is trying to convey the message it is controlling the country and will punish officials responsible for the violence.

June 12, 2011

12:25 GMT

Syrian forces Sunday entered the town of Jisr Al-Shughur and clashed with "armed groups", state television said.

Syrian president, Bashar Al-assad
07:25 GMT

The Syrian Minister of Finance Dr. Mohammad Al Aljalilati said that the Syrian economy is strong and healthy and that the reserves of funds can cover the needs of imports for more than two years.

Turkey election
06:57 GMT

Some 50 million Turks are set to vote Sunday in parliamentary elections as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is expected to win a straight third term in office.

June 11, 2011

19:59 GMT

Some 300 Syrians who fled the crackdown in the north on Saturday arrived in Turkey.

June 10, 2011

Syrian victim
18:35 GMT

Activists from the Syrian opposition on Friday said that at least 30 people were killed during the protests that swept the country.

June 9, 2011

Syria protest
07:28 GMT

Western powers pressed the UN Security Council to condemn Syria's crackdown on opposition protests amid strong resistance from Russia and China.

June 8, 2011

Syria violence
09:09 GMT

Turkish reports said that 122 Syrians have crossed into Turkey fleeing fighting in their country.

June 7, 2011

Qatar is suspending projects in Syria as a result of the political developments taking place there
10:30 GMT

Due to the deteriorating security situation in Syria and the relations with Qatar, three leading Qatari firms have decided to move their investments to Jordan instead of Syria.

Yarmouk refugee camp
09:46 GMT

At least 14 Palestinians were killed and scores wounded by shootings from the headquarters of the PFLP General Command in the Yarmouk refugee camp.