Syria

March 14, 2014

The Syrian parliament approved a new law on Thursday making it possible for multiple candidates to run for president. The new law passed unanimously by parliament paves the way for potential presidential contenders aside from Assad (AFP/File)
19:11 GMT

Representatives of the opposition call out future Syrian elections as a sham

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem was the head of the Syrian delegation for the Geneva 2 conference  (photo courtesy: rferl.org).
08:58 GMT

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has reportedly been hospitalized in Lebanon for pressing medical checks

More than 140,000 people have died since the Syrian conflict erupted in March 2011 (photo courtesy: telegraph.co.uk).
06:00 GMT

Sunni Islamist rebels claimed responsibility for kidnapping 94 people belonging to the minority Alawite sect

March 13, 2014

More than 140,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011 (photo courtesy: telegraph.co.uk).
19:32 GMT

Rebel fighters fear losing grip on 'the capital of the revolution'

In March 2012 the Syria held a referendum on a new constitution that allowed for multiple presidential candidates and a multi-party system. Members of the opposition dismissed the referendum at the time as a hollow attempt at reform. (photo courtesy: jafrianews.com)
16:27 GMT

A new bill passed by Syria's parliament paves the way for possible contenders to the presidency other than current President Bashar al-Assad.

1104 days since Deraa: Police arrested and tortured 15 school kids for writing anti-regime graffiti in Deraa. Tension between the Alawite ruling elite and the Sunni majority reached a tipping point - the govt cracked down on peaceful protests, launching Damascus into a bloody conflict surpassing what was seen in the Arab Spring.
15:12 GMT

On the sombre occasion of the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict, take a look at the statistics behind what has turned into the most brutal battle the Middle East has seen for decades. From the refugees, to the diplomats that have left Damascus here are the numbers that define the Syrian civil war.

Humanitarian crisis: Since the onset of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, 6.5 million people have been dispersed within Syria, and another 2.5 million people are adrift in neighboring nations in what has been labeled the worst humanitarian displacement in world history.
09:21 GMT

Since the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes. While many of them remain trapped in besieged areas of Syria, the majority of their compatriots have sought a safe haven in their neighbor's borders. Take a look inside the refugee crisis.

Jenny Asper's red locks (Image courtesy of  entyahla.com)
08:18 GMT

Haifa Wehbe's hair has been catching her even more attention than usual. Is Jenny Asper aspiring for the same redhead stardom?

March 12, 2014

Former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad (seated R), his wife Aniseh (seated L), sons Maher (standing, L-R), Bashar, Bassel, Majd and daughter Bushra (standing, L-R) pose for a undated family portrait. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
13:10 GMT

EU sanctions against the eldest sister of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were upheld by a European court on Wednesday, with officials saying her strong family ties made her inclusion on the sanctions list legitimate.

Syria's President Bashar Al Assad met with displaced civilians living in the town of Adra Wednesday (AFP)
09:24 GMT

In a rare decision, Syria's President Bashar Al Assad decided to make an unprecedented trip Wednesday to Damascus' suburbs to visit citizens displaced from the country's ongoing civil war.

Rebel fighters lost their last stronghold near the Lebanese border this week with regime forces overpowering the opposition in Yabroud (AFP)
07:17 GMT

Syrian regime fighters backed by Hezbollah took "full control" of Yabroud this week, the last rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border.

March 11, 2014

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad described the Syrian people as full of admiration for Russia Tuesday, according to the country's state news agency (File Archive/AFP)
16:15 GMT

Syria's President Bashar Al Assad commended its ally Russia for "reestablishing balance in international relations" while suicide bombers in Qamishli killed five and left at least 15 wounded.

Nadine and Bassem won't be working together in this occasion! (Image: Albawaba edit)
11:49 GMT

Bassem Yakhour is apparently way too busy working on a number of projects to take part in Nadine al Rasi's new drama series.

The Nusra Front has accused the Lebanese military of targeting Sunnis. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

The Nusra Front is threatening to drastically increase attacks inside Lebanon.

Debris cover a street and flames rise from a building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in Aleppo. (AFP)
08:51 GMT

Pro-opposition activists said that Syrian regime aircrafts dropped a number of bombs and barrel bombs on Yabroud, as well as shelling rebel-held areas nearby.