December 12, 2017

Syrian security forces continue Homs massacre

More than 20 people have been killed in renewed attacks by Syrian security forces in the city of Homs, anti-government activists say. The violence has continued despite the government agreeing to pull its forces off the streets and begin dialogue with the opposition as part of an Arab League … [Read more...]

Gaddafi calls for mass protests against NTC

Libya's deposed leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has called on Libyans to come on to the streets "in their millions" to resist the nation's interim leaders. In an audio message broadcast on Syrian-based Arrai television, he says conditions in Libya have become "unbearable". The message comes as … [Read more...]

UN says 2900 people killed in Syrian protests

The United Nations human rights office says the death toll in Syria since the pro-democracy demonstrations began in March is at more than 2,900 people. This is up 200 on their previous estimate. On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to agree a resolution on taking action against … [Read more...]

Syrian cyber attack on Harvard University website

America's Harvard University has had its website hacked in what appears to be a "sophisticated" cyber attack from Syrian protesters. Along with a picture of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, the hacked home page showed a message saying the "Syrian Electronic Army Were Here". A further message … [Read more...]

Red Cross gets access to Syrian prison

The International Red Cross has been allowed to visit a Syrian prison for the first time since civil unrest broke out five months ago. Red Cross President Jakob Kellenberger also held talks with President Bashar al-Assad to discuss the treatment of prisoners. Mr Kellenberger said he had … [Read more...]

Gaddafi vows to fight on in Libya

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to carry on fighting his enemies in an audio recording broadcast on a loyalist TV station based in Damascus, Syria of all places. "The Libyan people cannot kneel, cannot surrender, we are not women," he said in the message on the al-Rai … [Read more...]

Syrian military bombards Palestinian refugees in Latakia

The Syrian military offensive against civilians in the port city of Latakia has claimed the lives of at least four Palestinian refugees and forced Thousands to flee. The Syrian Navy have backed up a ground offensive and a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works agency (Unrwa) says that … [Read more...]

Arab nations recall ambassadors from Syria

As Syria's violent clampdown against internal dissent continues, the governments of countries in the region have recalled their ambassadors for consultaton. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain say they were recalling their ambassadors from Syria to discuss the situation. Saudi Arabia's King … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie to visit Syrian refugees

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, is heading to Turkey this week to visit Syrian refugees who have fled from the Assad governments crackdown on civil unrest. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has announced that Jolie wil be visiting in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' … [Read more...]

President Assad announces ‘general amnesty’ in Syria

State television in Syria has announced that President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting a general amnesty for 'crimes' committed by protesters before 31st May. The amnesty covers all political opposition movements, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. There have been weeks of … [Read more...]

Canada imposes sanctions on Syria

Canada is imposing sanctions against members of the Syrian regime in response to the continuing brutal crackdown on protesters in Syria. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the sanctions will take effect immediately and include a travel ban on President Bashar al-Assad and others associated … [Read more...]

Obama wants Israel to return to pre-1967 borders

United States President Barack Obama has officially announced that it is U.S. policy that a future Palestinian state should be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in the so called 'six day … [Read more...]

President Assad admits “mistakes” by Syrian security forces

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted in the al-Watan newspaper as saying his security services "made some mistakes" in their handling of demonstrations. He attributed the shortcomings to a lack of experience with such situations, which he said would normally be the police's … [Read more...]

US imposes sanctions on Syria’s President Assad

The United States has imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for human rights abuses and lack of political reform. To date the US and the European Union have imposes sanctions on other individuals in the Assad regime, but not on President Assad himself. President Barack Obama … [Read more...]

Israeli soldiers fire on palestinian protesters

Israeli soldiers have fired on groups of palestinian protesters on Israel's border Palestinian territories, Syria and Lebanon. Reports say that at least 12 people have been killed and dozens injured. Clashes have been taking place at four separate borders or crossing points - at Erez in Gaza, … [Read more...]