Foreign Minister Walid Muallem pledged on Monday that Syria will go ahead with reforms as promised, but warned against "sabotage" committed by protesters, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
"The reforms will continue and peaceful protests are authorized, but the recourse to violence and sabotage is unacceptable," it quoted Muallem as saying at a meeting with a group of ambassadors posted to Syria.Full Story
In the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, people keep a close eye on life back in Syria, which they consider home, and political unrest there has left the local community both anxious and divided.
In recent weeks, the Druze town of Majdal Shams has been watching pro-reform demonstrators staging protests in cities across Syria, demanding more political freedom and an end to repressive emergency laws.Full Story
Bahrain does not seek to dissolve the main Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq, and wants it as a "partner for the future," Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said in Dubai on Monday.
Last week, Bahrain's state news agency said the kingdom, ruled by a Sunni dynasty that has crushed Shiite-led protests, had filed suit to disband two Shiite opposition groups, including Al-Wefaq.Full Story
Fresh protests shook Syria on Monday as thousands took to the streets a day after 11 people were killed by security forces as the clamor for an end to martial law billowed, activists said.
Protests gripped the central city of Homs, the protest hub of Daraa in the south as well as in Jisr al-Shoughour near the northwestern city of Idleb despite pledges by the president to lift a draconian emergency law.Full Story
At least seven people were killed overnight by Syrian security forces in the flashpoint town of Homs, rights activists told Agence France Presse on Monday.
The deaths occurred when security forces opened fire with live rounds late Sunday to disperse demonstrators in the Bab Sba'a are of the town, 160 kilometers to the north of Damascus, witnesses said.Full Story
Two suicide car bombs exploded at an entrance to Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others, a security spokesman said.
The attack occurred at around 8:30 am at an entrance to the Green Zone, where many foreign embassies and Iraqi government offices are based, as a queue of cars was waiting to enter.Full Story
Israel's police raised the alert level nationwide, while the army division deployed around Gaza said it was "ready for every scenario" as the Jewish state prepared for the feast of Passover.
"Thousands of police have been deployed across the whole country, and particularly in the Jerusalem region," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Agence France Presse.Full Story
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Tehran's arch-foe the United States of wanting to create tension between Iran and Arabs, adding that the attempt would fail.
"America is trying to sow discord among Shiites and Sunnis ... they want to create tension between Iran and Arabs ... but their plan will fail," the hardliner said at Iran's annual Army Day parade on Monday, where the military displayed a range of home-built drones and missiles.Full Story
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the Libyan leader who is battling a rebellion, claimed "we didn't commit any crime against our people," in an interview with The Washington Post reported Sunday.
The 38-year-old Saif Gadhafi told the Post in an hour-long interview in Tripoli that evidence of Libyan forces firing on anti-government demonstrators is false, likening it to reports of pre-war Iraq hiding weapons of mass destruction.Full Story
The State Department has been secretly financing opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, The Washington Post reported, citing previously undisclosed diplomatic documents provided to the newspaper by the WikiLeaks website.
One of the outfits funded by the U.S. is Barada TV, a London-based satellite channel that broadcasts anti-government news into Syria, the Post reported Sunday. Barada's chief editor, Malik al-Abdeh, is a cofounder of the Syrian exile group Movement for Justice and Development.Full Story