Syria

September 23, 2014

Islamic State fighters. [AFP]
06:41 GMT

The United States and its allies have started airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria, the Pentagon says.

September 22, 2014

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power chairing a UN Security Council meeting (Andrew Burton/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
20:01 GMT

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power predicts that the U.S will not conduct unilateral airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State.

Ayman Zeidan is not convinced by his own performance in "The Neighborhood Gate". (Image: Facebook)
15:52 GMT

A guy's gotta what a guy's gotta do to pay the rent, and that's the only reason Aman took the job on "Bab Al Harah" (The Neighborhood Door).

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kisses the daughter of a hostage who was freed by IS (File/AFP)
13:51 GMT

A PKK leader accused Turkey's government of collaborating with Islamic State militants after the extremist group released 49 Turkish hostages.

Islamic State and Nusra Front militants battled with Lebanon's army in the border town of Arsal last month (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT

Lebanon's army and political factions are mobilizing to fight the security threat posed by extremist groups such as Islamic state and Nusra Front.

Sixteen children were among the dead, following Syrian air strikes across the country (File/AFP)
11:17 GMT

Syrian air strikes carried out by the country's army killed at least 42 people in Saraqeb and Ehsim, according to a London-based monitoring group.

Syrian Kurds carry their belongings along the border with Turkey near town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, Sept. 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:41 GMT

Up to 100,000 Syrians fled to Turkey in less than a week to escape Islamic State persecution, according to the head of Turkey's disaster management agency.

September 21, 2014

Syrian Kurds look at smoke billowing after a mortar hit the land near the Syrian border at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 20, 2014. [AFP]
10:36 GMT

The UN Refugee Agency says around 70,000 Syrian Kurds have been forced from their homes by the ISIL Takfiri threat and they have moved into Turkey in only 24 hours.

September 19, 2014

Kerry accused the Syrian government of chlorine gas use on Thursday, a violation of the an international chemical weapons agreement. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday evidence showed Assad's government is using chlorine gas against civilians, which is a violation of a global chemical weapons treaty.

Syrian Kurds have faced heightened brutality over the last few days during an IS assault that ended in kidnappings and the capture of several Kurdish villages in northern Syria. (AFP/FIle)
11:46 GMT

In a besieged enclave in northern Syria, half a million Kurds have been hit hard by an IS assault, prompting leaders to ask for help, airstrikes from the international community.

September 18, 2014

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions of people. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel position near Damascus.

Peshmerga forces are battling IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT

IS militants have reportedly seized control of at least five more Kurdish villages in northern Syria.

At least 15 children were killed under the age of two in northern Syria (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

A UN administered measles vaccination program was halted following the confirmed death of 15 Syrian children, although the number is believed to be much higher.

Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
07:11 GMT

Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.

September 17, 2014

Local governments are investigating the incident to find out how the batches were tainted. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

At least 36 children have died after receiving tainted measles vaccines at U.N. clinics.