1.7m Syrian refugees face food crisis as UN funds dry up

More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are facing a disastrous and hungry winter after a funding crisis forced the UN’s World Food Programme to suspend food vouchers to hundreds of thousands forced into exile by the conflict. Since the war began in March 2011, the WFP has brought […]

Falling oil prices hurt Lebanese economy too says Salameh

You would think that Lebanon would  benefit  greatly from the falling oil prices  , since  it  import all its  needs , but not according to  Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh. According to him  falling oil prices reduce the remittances Lebanon  receives from  the Lebanese people who work  in the Arabian Gulf countries . Salameh  said the bank is introducing measures […]

Qatar gives $100 million in humanitarian aid to Syria

Qatar has given $100 million in aid to Syrians stricken by their country’s civil war, Qatar’s state news agency said on Thursday, the first tranche of at least $900 million pledged by Gulf Arab states. Four million people inside Syria need food, shelter and other aid, and more than 700,000 are estimated to have fled […]

UAE helps a US city ‘think big’ in rebuilding its schools

JOPLIN, Mo. — Two weeks after a mile-wide tornado tore through this city, killing 161 people and rendering a landscape of apocalyptic devastation, the public school system here received a telephone call from a man working for the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, DC. “Tell me what you need,” the embassy staffer said.

Brother of Parliament Speaker killed in Damascus

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The brother of Syria’s speaker of Parliament was assassinated on Tuesday in a central Damascus neighborhood, the official Syrian news agency reported, as clashes between the government and the rebels convulsed most major cities.

U.S. Sanctions Hezbollah chief for aiding Syrian regime

U.S. Treasury officials imposed sanctions on the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and two other members of the organization for their alleged role in aiding the Syrian government in its crackdown on opposition forces. The Treasury on Thursday formally charged that Hezbollah has been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s

Deadliest day of the Syrian uprising. Over 370 killed

At least 370 people were reported dead Saturday in Syria, marking the highest single-day death toll since the start of the uprising, according to opposition activists. With one week left to go, August is already the deadliest month. Here are some of the other key developments

Is Assad’s brother Maher dead?

The Syrian Information Ministry on Monday denied the news reported by Russia Today that a high-ranking Syrian officer died in a Moscow hospital earlier on Monday. “The news is baseless and falls within the framework of desperate psychological warfare to undermine the determination of the Syrian people,” the statement said

Rebels needs 2 months to topple Assad regime, interview

Malik al-Kurdi, deputy commander of the Free Syrian Army, has told Al Jazeera the government of Bashar al-Assad “cannot destroy the will of the people”, and that opposition fighters only need another two months to take the regime down.

UN: Syria has ‘chosen the path of war’

Syria’s government and rebels have “chosen the path of war”, a U.N. peacekeeping chief said as the world body ended its doomed monitoring mission to Damascus and deadlock persists among world powers over how to contain the spreading conflict. Two weeks after former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan quit as mediator in frustration with the failure […]