Syria

April 9, 2014

Syrian regime fighters ousted rebels from Yabroud last month (File Archive)
08:00 GMT

The Syrian regime forces have "stepped up their offensive" on the last rebel stronghold in the strategic Qalamoun area, Rankous.

April 8, 2014

Over 150,000 people are estimated to have died in the three year old Syrian conflict. (photo courtesy: www.theaustralian.com.au)
17:58 GMT

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped and later killed the priest in the besieged city of Homs.

Assad may be granted a third term in office if he runs in and wins the July elections. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT

The upcoming Syrian elections that seem likely to put President Bashar al-Assad back in office for a third term will not be delayed, regardless of the ongoing war, the government said Tuesday.

Rebel fighters from the "Al-Mujahedin The Falcons of Islam" brigade looks at a map as they prepare an operation to "liberate" an area controlled by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:37 GMT

Syrian opposition groups have claimed gains in the city of Aleppo and Qunaitra area, which borders Israel, while regime troops launched a deadly offensive in the outskirts of Damascus, killing dozens of rebels.

The Assad regime used lethal chemical weapons on the Syrian people in 2013. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Israel security sources say the Assad regime used a non-lethal chemical weapon on opposition fighters in March.

April 7, 2014

Bashar al Assad is struggling to stay in power as Syrian rebels and foreign jihadists fight to topple his regime. (AFP/File)
14:41 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said his army will win the war within the year and go back to "fighting terrorists."

Syrian refugees look out over the expanse of white UNHCR tents at their refugee camp in Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner' and a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visits a Syrian refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq and is moved by families desperate to provide for themselves and not to be reliant on the generosity of local people.

The West must face up to the fact that Assad "will not be overthrown," the analyst said. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Iranian-sponsored analyst has called on Western governments to halt their support for the Syrian opposition and to recognise that Syrian President Bashar Assad is still "standing tall".

April 6, 2014

Homs used to be one of the major rebel stronghold areas in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least 50 rebels were killed from explosions targeting Homs Sunday.

Jenny Asper got us good with that April Fools joke.
14:37 GMT

She got us, and she got us good. We were super pumped to share the announcement that Jenny Asper had snagged a sweet deal starring alongside Hollywood hottie Brad Pitt, but it turns out the joke's on us. That was one cruel April Fools prank, Jenny!

Samo is excited about the launch of his latest album and says him and Tamer Hosny are A-OK!
14:07 GMT

Samo Zain prepares to launch his latest music album after a long absence from the music scene, but why is there no Haifa Wehbe to be seen in his new music video?

The Lebanese army has increased security near the Syrian border in recent months. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

The Lebanese army arrested four Syrian men after a shootout in Arsal.

Damascus has experienced heavy mortar fire in the past month. (AFP/File)
11:27 GMT

Mortar attacks killed two in Damascus on Sunday.

The General Assembly of the Syrian National Coalition, the main Western-backed anti-Assad opposition group, began electing a new political authority during a meeting in Istanbul on Saturday. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

The Syrian National Coaltion - the main anti-Assad opposition group - have begun the process of electing a new political authority.

April 5, 2014

The Syrian opposition has engaged in fierce battles with the Syrian Army since 2011. The opposition seeks to oust current Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Syrian rebels has reclaimed a town in the northern city of Aleppo.