Lebanon releases Israeli prisoner who floated across border

The International Red Cross said Wednesday it was set to return an Israeli who has been held in Lebanon after crossing the border a few months ago. It was not clear whether the man, Ahmed Jamal Daif, accidently wandered across the maritime border between Israel and Lebanon while diving, or whether he purposefully swam over.

Syria releases 553 prisoners ahead of Eid

The Syrian government released on Saturday a total of 553 prisoners arrested during the seven-month-long unrest on the occasion of the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha, the state-run TV reported. The released prisoners did not commit homicide crimes, the TV said, adding that another 119 detainees have been recently released, reported Xinhua.

Syrian president: Security forces made mistakes

Beirut, Lebanon- Syria’s president says the country’s security forces have made mistakes during the uprising against his regime and that thousands of police officers are receiving new training. Assad’s comments were carried by the private Al-Watan daily on Wednesday. They came as a human rights activist said Syrian troops have used heavy machine-guns to bomb […]

Syrian regime bracing for more protests this Friday

Another Friday is around the corner and authorities in Syria are reportedly bracing for the possibility of huge protests throughout Syria as more than 800 protesters have been killed and tens of thousands have been jailed since the uprising began about 8 weeks ago .

Kerry: Assad obviously is not a reformer now

Now that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has proven that he has no problem killing peaceful protesters in the streets, some of the most prominent advocates of engaging with his government are rethinking their views. That list now includes Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who told The Cable that he no longer believes […]

Syria: A regime’s defiance fails to conceal its weakness

In the face of overwhelming odds, the popular revolt against the Assad regime continues. Many hundreds have been killed, and thousands more, maybe tens of thousands, have been rounded up. Yesterday, tanks shelled residents in Homs, Syria’s third largest city, and protest continues in half a dozen or more towns across the country.