- UN says over 800 people killed in Iraq in August
Baghdad: The UN mission in Iraq says over 800 people have died in violence throughout August down somewhat from the month before, but still one of the highest monthly tolls in recent years.
- Iranian MPs meet Bashar al-Assad, denounce possible US strike
Iranian MPs held talks Saturday in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad and denounced any possible Western attack on that country over chemical weapons allegations, the head of the delegation said.
- Secret documents detail U.S. war in cyberspace
WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence services carried out 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, the leading edge of a clandestine campaign that embraces the Internet as a theater of spying, sabotage and war, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Washington Post.
- Three-week wait for UN’s Syria analysis
THE analysis of samples taken by UN inspectors in Syria probing alleged use of chemical weapons could take “up to three weeks,” the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says.
- French opposition seeks vote in parliament after surprise Obama turnabout on Syria attack
PARIS — President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria has sparked calls for the French parliament to get the same privilege.
- Even after 100,000 deaths in Syria, chemical weapons attack evoked visceral response
After the guns of World War I fell silent, the world’s nations convened in Geneva to outlaw for the first time an entire class of weapons. Barely 1 percent of the war’s battlefield deaths had come from toxic chemicals, yet these had evoked greater horror than the blast wounds, shrapnel and bullets that killed millions more.
- François Hollande wrongfooted by US move on Syria
France has been forced on to the defensive by President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a military strike on Syria, admitting it cannot act on its own without the US and resisting growing pressure to hold its own parliamentary vote on an attack.
- Iran preparing religious epic film for public screening
Iranian first giant cinematic project on the epic of Ashura directed by the country’s celebrated filmmaker Ahmad Reza Darvish is nearly ready for public screening.
- Syria hails Obama’s hesitation to attack it as ‘historic American retreat’
BEIRUT/PARIS: Syria hailed an “historic American retreat” on Sunday after President Barack Obama delayed an imminent military strike by deciding to consult Congress.
- Over 716,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Lebanon has frequently called on the UN Security Council and international donors to help it shoulder the burden of housing Syrian refugees on its land.