- Geneva II: Syrian government delayed after Greece firm refuses to refuel plane
A plane carrying the Syrian delegation to crucial peace talks in Switzerland was blocked in Athens for several hours on Tuesday, officials said.
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime likely to face war crimes charges
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime could face war crimes charges in international court, after top war crime prosecutors claimed to have direct evidence of “systematic torture and killing” of about 11,000 detainees by his forces.
- Syria peace talks: Hyped as crucial, downplayed
MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) In nearly the same breath, the world’s most powerful diplomats have talked about the importance of this week’s peace conference on Syria and downplayed expectations for a breakthrough.
- UAE jails 30 over ‘Muslim Brotherhood ties’
A court in Abu Dhabi has sentenced 20 Egyptians and 10 UAE citizens to up to five years in prison after finding them guilty of national security charges.
- Deadly bomb strikes Shia suburb of Beirut
An attack by a suspected suicide car bomber has reportedly killed four people in a Hezbollah stronghold in a Shia-dominated suburb of Beirut.
- IRAN UN-INVITED
SNAFU: The U.N. took back Iran’s invitation to attend this week’s Geneva-2 peace talks, 24-hours after extending one to the country’s delegates. The U.N.’s Secretary General bowed to pressure from the U.S. to disinvite Iran after it refused to agree to plans for a new Syrian government that wouldn’t include current President Bashar al Assad.
- Gunmen kill leading figure of Houthi group in Yemen
SANAA: Unknown assailants shot and killed a leader of the Yemeni Shia Houthi group in Sanaa on Tuesday while he was on his way to attend reconciliation talks in the Yemeni capital, officials at the talks said.
- Bomb targets bus of Shia pilgrims in south-west Pakistan
At least 22 Shia pilgrims have been killed after a bomb struck a bus in Mastung district in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, officials said.
- Assad Focuses on Fighting Terrorism, Not Power-Sharing, at Talks
WASHINGTON Syrian peace talks are scheduled to start Wednesday in Switzerland, nearly three years after the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The government in Damascus is rejecting calls that it share power, saying these talks should be about fighting terrorism.