June 13, 2014

Around 80 Turkish nationals were kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq (File/AFP)
07:00 GMT

Turkey's finance minister Mehmet Simsek on Thursday said the kidnapped nationals being held in Iraq by militants are a "top priority" for his government.

June 12, 2014

Bashar Assad announced a prisoner amnesty after winning Syria's elections (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Thousands of prisoners will allegedly be released in Bashar Assad's announcement of a prisoner amnesty, a pro-government newspaper reported.

The Syrian government retook control of almost all of Homs in May. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT

A car bomb in Homs has killed at least seven people Thursday.

Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad says that Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun was “patriotic, non confessional and believes in the resistance" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has voiced his support for Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun amidst Lebanon´s ongoing presidential vaccum following Michel Suleiman´s departure from the position on May 25.

June 11, 2014

Bashar Assad said there is a need for "dialogue" to obtain peace in Syria (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Bashar Assad urged Syrians to support the country's government and insisted that people "trust the state and its president".

Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front.
15:00 GMT

Six people kidnapped from a quarry in the east Lebanon village of Ras Baalbek were released yesterday. Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front (AFP/ File).

Ali Sadreddine Bayanouni was "surprised" that the Syrian National Coalition sent El-Sisi a congratulatory letter (Image:
13:44 GMT

A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood resigned from the Syrian National Coalition, after it congratulated Egypt's newly elected president, Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi.

The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Deir al-Zor killed over 634 people since April 30 (File/AFP)
11:21 GMT

Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's offensive in the oil-rich Deir al-Zor province killed at least 634 people and displaced over 130,000 others.

Robert Ford said cooperating with Assad "would not benefit American security." (File/AFP)
10:58 GMT

U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford, urged for "moderate opposition fighters" in Syria to be armed accordingly, while he said America will not engage with Bashar al-Assad.

June 10, 2014

Ten Syrians and two Lebanese people are believed to be among the abducted (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Up to 12 people were kidnapped in Lebanon by masked Syrian gunmen, security sources said.

Assad was recently reelected as president. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The Syrian government has begun releasing prisoners from government jails under the general amnesty that was announced yesterday.

Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT

Prime Minister Tammam Salam denied on Tuesday that the U.S. warned of repercussions of establishing Syrian refugee camps inside Lebanon.

Syrian forces targeted opposition posts along the border with Lebanon overnight (Image: Alalam)
12:06 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided the border with Lebanon overnight in the Eastern Mountain range, according to Voice of Lebanon Radio.

Fans were excited about Samer's participation in the shooting championships. (Image: Facebook)
11:18 GMT

Samer al Masri takes part in the exciting annual European Shooting Championships!

Whilst Assad's prisoner amnesty for those accused under the controversial terrorism law is unprecedented, it is not the first amnesty that has been offered in the name of national reconciliation (AFP/ File).
06:59 GMT

Syria's newly re-elected President Bashar Assad announced a prisoner amnesty for all crimes committed before June 9; including for those accused under Syria's controversial terrorism law.