UN council approves up to 300 Syria observers

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to adopt a resolution authorising an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers in Syria for three months to monitor the country's fragile week-old ceasefire

Blast Rocks Mazzeh Military Airport in Damascus

"A loud explosion was heard at the Mazzeh military airport in Damascus," the Britain-based monitoring group said. It provided no further details

Regime Forces Punish Residents of Jobar for Talking to the Observers

The Observers mission reached the city of Homs today on the second day of their deployment. The Observers visited the neighbourhood of Jobar and interviewed residents

U.N. Observes Admit Tough Task as Syria Death Toll Mounts

U.N. observers acknowledged on Tuesday that they face a tough task to firm up a ceasefire in Syria, as more civilians were killed in the latest violence on the sixth day of a tenuous truce

Sleiman: No stability without internal social justice

President Michel Sleiman voiced hope on Tuesday that the current changes sweeping the Arab states would lead to a peaceful transition that meets the aspirations of the region’s people in terms of democracy

Assad Forces Do Not Spare Churches From Shelling

Violations of the ceasefire continued as regime forces killed at least 55 today; 26 fell as a result of the shelling of Saraqeb, in the province of Idlib, and 8 detainees in the city of Idlib

Suleiman from Australia: Lebanon Won't Be Launch Pad for Attack on Syria

President Michel Suleiman on Monday stressed that “Lebanon is not an arena for settling scores or conflict, but rather an arena for the rapprochement of all Arab brothers

Suleiman Arrives in Australia, Derides Calls Asking Him to Sign L.L.8,900 Decree

President Michel Suleiman on Sunday wondered whether the president of the republic was “supposed to practice his powers by signing a decree

UN unanimously votes for Syria observer force

 The UN Security Council has unanimously voted for a resolution to approve international ceasefire monitors going to Syria

Regime Sells US $30bn Bonds to Buy Arms

Reports indicated that Egyptian authorities allowed passage to a cargo ship transporting heavy and medium weapons bound to the Assad regime

Syrian Troops, Rebels in 1st Clashes Since Truce

Clashes between the Syrian army and rebel fighters broke out Friday for the first time since a hard-won U.N.-backed ceasefire came into force a day earlier, a monitoring group said

Geagea Warns March 14 in Eye of the Storm

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea told March 14 opposition officials that Christians in Lebanon would have suffered from the consequences of his assassination if snipers succeeded in killing him

Regime Starts Shifting To Iranian Business Funding

Regime forces threatened businesses who refuse to finance the regime’s operations with murder and destruction of their commercial establishments

Two Soldiers Flee Lebanese Military Service, Join Free Syrian Army

Two Lebanese army recruits have escaped the military service and joined the ranks of the rebel Free Syrian Army to fight President Bashar Assad’s regime, As Safir newspaper reported on Wednesday

Regime Forces Kill 101 on Annan’s Ceasefire Day

Dozens of civilians were killed today which was supposed to witness a ceasefire according to Kofi Annan’s peace plan. Regime forces intensified their operations in a desperate attempt to end all signs of opposition before the final ceasefire deadline

Syrian Crisis to Spill Over to Lebanon as Cabinet’s Fate Remains Unknown

The Syrian crisis will likely have serious repercussions on Lebanon as the international community failed to intervene to stop the bloodshed in Damascus and establish “safe zones”

Opposition Warns Cabinet against Handing Over Refugees to Syrian Regime

The March 14 forces warned the cabinet on Monday against handing over any Syrian refugees who entered the country to escape the Syrian regime’s crackdown against protests, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Seyassah reported

Cameraman Killed as Al-Jadeed Crew Comes Under Gunfire from Syria

Al-Jadeed TV cameraman Ali Shaaban was killed on Monday in the northern border area of Wadi Khaled when he and two of his colleagues came under gunfire from the Syrian side of the border

Hizbullah Seeking to Improve Aoun’s Ties with Jumblat ahead of 2013 Elections

Hizbullah is seeking to improve ties between Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun ahead of the 2013 parliamentary elections, reported the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Sunday

Syrian Rebels Refuse to Give Regime 'Written Guarantees' on Ceasefire

Syria said Sunday it will not withdraw its forces from protest hubs without "written guarantees" that the opposition will also lay down its arms, a demand swiftly rejected by rebels, who said they will not give guarantees to a regime they do not recognize