INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest.
From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: March 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Syria will miss a major deadline next week in the program to destroy its chemical weapons production facilities, sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.
Posted: March 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. New Atlantic Council issue brief contends that the US has repeatedly failed to realize its goal of a political transition in Syria because of its narrow focus on summits and high-level diplomacy as the sole means of ending the conflict.
Posted: March 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Damascus has now handed over six consignments of the toxic agents it declared to the OPCW as part of a Russian-U.S. deal struck last year.
Posted: February 26, 2014
LEBANON. Hezbollah on Wednesday threatened to retaliate after Israel's first reported air raid targeting a position of the Lebanese Shiite movement since the 2006 war.
Posted: February 24, 2014
UAE. 90% of jobseekers in the Middle East and North Africa, say companies should position themselves as great places to work, according to Bayt.com survey.
Posted: February 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A second round of talks aimed at finding a political settlement to the three-year conflict ended in acrimony on Saturday, throwing the future of the negotiations into doubt.
Posted: February 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. President Assad's forces and fighters from Lebanese ally Hezbollah pounded Syria's strategic border town of Yabroud, activists said, in apparent preparation for a new offensive.
Posted: February 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The state of Syria is "crumbling" and "extremists have moved into the vacuum in a way that could threaten us over the long term."
Posted: February 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Russia defended President Bashar al-Assad and said his government needed more time to ship the chemicals safely through territory where it is fighting rebels.
Posted: February 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled - sometimes intentionally, sometimes not - that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria.
Posted: February 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The sooner the Obama administration acts with the support of Western and Arab allies, the sooner the unconscionable humanitarian disaster in Syria can come to an end.
Posted: February 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Al-Qaeda announces it is not linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as it was not informed of its creation... (and) did not accept it," a statement said.
Posted: January 31, 2014
LEBANON. Faced with recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria, al Qaeda is slowly but firmly gaining influence in Lebanon, helped by the country's increasing sectarian violence and the turmoil caused by Syria's civil war
Posted: January 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Britain is set to take in hundreds of vulnerable Syrian refugees, targeting those most traumatised by the three-year civil war.
Posted: January 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. After a day of delay and fierce recrimination, government and opposition delegates faced each other across a negotiating table in Geneva in the presence of Lakhdar Brahimi.
date:Posted: March 4, 2014
UAE. Healthcare delivery the Middle East dominated by public sector; Growing and aging population coupled with increasing total healthcare expenditures per capita boosting industry growth.