Four Syrian ambassadors defected to opposition so far

Al-Jazeera reported that Syrian Ambassador to United Arab Emirates ( UAE) Abdellatif al-Dabbagh has defected to the opposition. If confirmed this will be the fourth Syrian ambassador that has defected to the opposition.

Turkey to search ship possibly carrying weapons to Syria

Turkish authorities are preparing to board and search a German-owned cargo ship reported to be carrying Iranian weapons bound for Syria. Citing unnamed dissident sources within the Syrian government, the German magazine Der Spiegel first reported last week that the Atlantic Cruiser was carrying Iranian arms

Mediterranean organizations kick off algae research project

The American University of Beirut recently announced it has partnered with researchers from the Lebanese Association for Energy Savings and for Environment (ALMEE) and researchers from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Egypt to study the possibility of producing algae-based biodiesel.

Lebanon’s MEA interested in buying a stake in Cyprus Airways

Cyprus’s government has given green light for Cyprus Airways Ltd. to increase its capital and authorized negotiations for the sale of an unspecified stake of the state-run carrier to investors. The government reaffirmed a previous “decision to raise the share capital of the company and approved the participation of the government as main shareholder in […]

Russian Ship Carrying Arms Reached Syria, report

A Russian ship, allegedly carrying tons of weapons, made a dash for Syria after Cypriot officials allowed it to leave their waters, Turkish officials said Thursday. The ship had made an unscheduled stop in Cyprus Tuesday, technically violating an EU embargo on arms shipments to Syria, which has killed thousands in a crackdown on dissent.