The Damascus representative of U.N.-Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has asked to quit his post, a U.N. spokesman said Monday.
Mokhtar Lamani, who heads Brahimi's Damascus office, "has submitted a request to the United Nations to be relieved of his duties, but he has not officially resigned," U.N. spokesman Khaled al-Masri told Agence France Presse.Full Story
The U.S. and Russian foreign ministers will attend French-sponsored talks in Paris Wednesday on helping Lebanon cope with the conflict in Syria, but the talks look set to be overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis, France said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to come for the meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon meeting but French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that Russia's Sergei Lavrov would also attend the conference.Full Story
Health Minister Wael Abou Faour expressed pessimism on Monday over reaching consensus among the rival parties on the cabinet's policy statement, in particular regarding the army-people-resistance equation and the ongoing war in Syria.
“All sides should offer compromises in order to reach common grounds,” Abou Faour said in an interview with An Nahar newspaper.Full Story
Lebanon's participation in a meeting between Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian lawmakers, ahead of a meeting for the International Parliamentary Union, is expected to create a dispute among the political arch-foes, al-Liwaa newspaper reported on Monday.
According to the daily, the preparatory meeting between the four countries on March 10 in the Iranian capital, Tehran, will become a point of contention locally as it would be representing a particular international axis that contradicts the dissociation policy that the Lebanese government had adopted.Full Story
A Tunisian man was arrested Sunday for trying to cross into Syria's Qalamoun from the Bekaa region, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.
“The Lebanese Army arrested Tunisian national Bassem bin Mohammed al-Silti while he was en route from Jib Janine to Arsal on his way to Qalamoun in Syria,” NNA said.Full Story
Firefights and shelling on Sunday shattered a weeks-old truce at the Yarmuk Palestinian camp in Damascus, but a ceasefire allowed residents to return to another besieged area near Syria's capital.
Syria's three-year conflict is estimated to have killed more than 140,000 people, forced millions to flee the homes, and taken a brutal toll on children increasingly threatened by disease.Full Story
Attacks in predominantly Sunni Arab areas north and west of Baghdad on Sunday killed six people, all members of the security forces, the latest in a year-long surge in bloodshed.
Less than two months before parliamentary elections, Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, when it was emerging from a period of brutal sectarian bloodletting that killed tens of thousands of people.Full Story
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg appeared in court in London on Saturday charged with providing terrorist training and funding terrorism in Syria.
The 45-year-old from Birmingham in central England indicated he would plead not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody until the next hearing on March 14.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman condemned on Saturday the latest shelling of Lebanese towns bordering Syria in the Bekaa region.
He said: “The shelling is an attempt to drag Lebanon towards the Syrian crisis.”Full Story
Saudi Arabia has hit back at Russian criticism of its reported plans to supply shoulder-launched missiles to Syrian rebels, saying it was Moscow's support for Damascus that was prolonging the conflict.
A spokesman told the official SPA news agency late Friday that the foreign ministry had been "astonished by Russian criticism of Saudi Arabia for its support of the Syrian people".Full Story