ARAB LEAGUE

  • Confront IS 'militarily and politically': Arab League chief September 7, 2014

    Cairo: Arab League chief Nabil alArabi on Sunday called for a military and political confrontation with Islamic State jihadists and other militants he said threatened the existence of Arab states. "What is needed is a clear decision for a comprehensive confrontation, militarily and politically," Arabi said at a meeting of Arab...
  • Syrian Prime Minister survives Damascus bombing, 6 die April 29, 2013

    Beirut: Syrian Prime Minister Wael alHalki survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday, state media and activists said, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar alAssad's capital. Six people were killed in the blast, the Britishbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the latest in...
  • Syria continues to be in a state of civil war August 13, 2012

    As Syria continues to be in a state of civil war, stories of tragedy and despair are emerging from its cities. ...
  • UN schedules vote on new Syria resolution July 18, 2012

    United Nations: Russia remained at loggerheads with the US and its European allies ahead of a scheduled vote on Wednesday afternoon on a new Syria resolution and there appeared to be little hope that the UN's most powerful body would unite behind a plan to end the 17month civil war...
  • Assad wants foreign powers to stop backing rebels March 30, 2012

    Beirut: President Bashar alAssad said on Thursday Syria would spare no effort to ensure the success of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission but warned it would not work without securing an end to foreign funding and arming of rebels opposing him. Assad is under international pressure to call his troops...
  • Assad wants foreign powers to stop backing rebels March 30, 2012

    Beirut: President Bashar al Assad said on Thursday Syria would spare no effort to ensure the success of international envoy Kofi Annan's peace mission but warned it would not work without securing an end to foreign funding and arming of rebels opposing him. Assad is under international pressure to call his...
  • Annan to meet Assad in Damascus March 10, 2012

    New York: Kofi Annan, the UNArab League special envoy for Syria, is set to meet President Bashar alAssad in Damascus to press for an immediate end to violence that has killed thousands of people in the country in the past one year. UN chief Ban Kimoon said he spoke on phone...
  • World View: Will Syria go the Libya way? February 26, 2012

    A case is being built to justify a Libyastyle military intervention in Syria. Even the Arab League has suspended its observer mission in Syria. Will the country go the Libya way? Watch CNNIBN's global affairs show, World View, on Saturday at 10 pm to know the answer. ...
  • Crucial Arab league meeting on Syria today February 25, 2012

    Over 90 people were killed in Homs in Syria on Friday. ...
  • World View: Will Syria go the Libya way? February 23, 2012

    A case is being built to justify a Libyastyle military intervention in Syria. Even the Arab League has suspended its observer mission in Syria. Will the country go the Libya way? Watch CNNIBN's global affairs show, World View, on Saturday at 10 pm to know the answer. ...
  • Syria violence: UN resolution in tatters after vetoes February 5, 2012

    China and Russia have blocked a UN resolution that called for the immediate end to violence in Syria. ...
  • Arab League halts observer mission in Syria January 28, 2012

    Beirut: The Arab League halted its observer mission to Syria on Saturday, sharply criticising the regime of President Bashar Assad for escalating violence in recent days that has killed nearly 100 people across the country. The rising bloodshed has added urgency to new attempts by Arab and Western countries to find...
  • Arab League chief, Qatar PM to go to UN over Syria January 27, 2012

    United Nations: The Arab League chief and the Qatari prime minister will present an Arab peace plan for Syria to ambassadors in the UN Security Council in New York early next week, the council president said on Thursday. South Africa's UN Ambassador Baso Sangqu told reporters in New York that the...
  • Syrian troops fight rebels near Damascus January 27, 2012

    Harasta: Syrian troops battled rebels in a town just north of Damascus on Thursday and a provincial governor spoke of negotiating local ceasefires as a 10monthold revolt against President Bashar alAssad crept close to the capital. A Syrian officer told Reuters clashes had been under way in Douma since the morning....
  • Syria rejects Arab call for Assad to quit January 23, 2012

    Beirut: Syria rejected on Monday a request by Arab League foreign ministers that President Bashar al Assad hand over power to a deputy and set up a new unity government, saying the plan was part of a "conspiracy against Syria". "Syria rejects the decisions of the Arab League ministerial council... and...
  • Arab League extends Syria mission by 1 month January 23, 2012

    Beirut: A clash between Syrian forces and army defectors today erupted in a suburb of the tightly held capital of Damascus, adding urgency just as the Arab League was extending an observers' mission that so far has failed to end long months of bloody violence. The two events outlined how an...
  • Syria pulls tanks from streets of Homs December 27, 2011

    Beirut: After days of punishing assaults, Syria's army began withdrawing tanks from the restive city of Homs on Tuesday just as a team of Arab League observers was on its way to the central city, according to activists and an Arab official. Opposition activist Mohammed Saleh said the heavy bombardment of...
  • Arab observers aim to see Syria's deadliest city December 27, 2011

    Beirut: Newlyarrived Arab League peace monitors will try to see for themselves the situation in Syria's city of Homs, which opponents of President Bashar alAssad say has been pulverised by government troops and tanks in recent days. At least 31 people were killed in the city on Monday as tanks fired...
  • US urges greater international pressure on Syria December 22, 2011

    Washington: The US on Wednesday warned of greater international action to stop the crackdown by Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria and said neither the Syrian people nor the global community accepted his government's legitimacy any more. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Assad regime is already facing growing...
  • Syria to let in monitors, opposition sceptical December 20, 2011

    Beirut: Syria's government, facing sanctions for killing thousands of protesters, agreed on Monday to let foreigners monitor its compliance with an Arab League peace agreement intended to promote political dialogue. The main opposition to President Bashar alAssad dismissed as a further stalling tactic an agreement which Damascus said was prompted by...
  • Syria says it's still open to Arab observer plan December 5, 2011

    Beirut: Syria said on Sunday it is still negotiating with the Arab League over the bloc's request to send observers into the country, as tightening sanctions by Arab and other nations fail to halt the eightmonth crackdown on antigovernment protesters. A Foreign Ministry spokesman suggested some headway had been made, but...
  • Syrian ministers face Arab travel ban December 1, 2011

    Cairo: The Arab League unveiled a list of top Syrian officials facing a travel ban on Wednesday, and Turkey imposed tough new sanctions against Damascus as pressure intensified for President Bashar Assad to end his regime's violent effort to suppress an 8monthold uprising. The 17 officials who could be banned from...
  • Syrian forces killed, tortured 256 children: UN November 29, 2011

    Beirut: A UN investigation concluded on Monday that Syrian forces committed crimes against humanity by killing and torturing hundreds of children, including a 2yearold girl reportedly shot to death so she wouldn't grow up to be a demonstrator. The inquiry added to mounting international pressure on President Bashar Assad. On Sunday,...
  • More bloodshed in Syria despite Arab deadline November 26, 2011

    Beirut: The Syrian government ignored Arab powers' moves to halt its crackdown on a prodemocracy uprising on Friday and more opposition supporters and military personnel were killed in unrelenting violence. The Syrian military said 10 personnel, including six pilots, were killed in an attack on an air force base and that...
  • Arab League confirms Syria's suspension from group November 17, 2011

    Morocco: The Arab League on Wednesday confirmed the suspension of Syria from the organization and gave its government three days to halt the violence and accept an observer mission or face economic sanctions. The ministers announced their decisions in a statement after an emergency meeting in Rabat, Morocco. The suspension first announced...
  • Syria faces growing pressure to halt bloodshed November 15, 2011

    Beirut: Jordan's King Abdullah told Syria's President Bashar alAssad on Monday he should step down and the European Union added pressure with more sanctions after the Arab League's surprise decision to suspend Damascus for its violent crackdown on protests. Syria looks ever more isolated, but still has the support of Russia,...
  • Syrians protest Arab vote; embassies attacked November 13, 2011

    Beirut: Tens of thousands of Syrian government supporters poured into the streets on Sunday to protest an Arab League vote to suspend the country's membership, as Turkey sent planes to evacuate diplomatic staff and their families after a night of attacks on embassies. The Syrian government called for an urgent Arab...
  • US applauds Arab league decision to suspend Syria November 13, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday applauded Arab League's decision to suspend Syria's membership, saying the move demonstrates the group's leadership in seeking to end attacks on peaceful protesters. "I applaud the important decisions taken by the Arab League today, including the suspension of Syria's membership, consideration of economic...
  • Violence must stop in Syria: Hillary Clinton September 2, 2011

    Washington: Slamming Syrian President Bashar alAssad for 'brutality' against unarmed citizens that 'outraged' the region and the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for immediate halt to the violence in the African state. "President Assad's brutality against unarmed citizens has outraged the region, the world, and most importantly...
  • Egypt foreign minister next Arab League Chief May 16, 2011

    Tehran: Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil AlArabi was elected as Arab League Chief after last minute diplomacy left him as the only candidate in the race. Amr Moussa, a former Egyptian foreign minister, was head of the Arab League for 10 years. Egypt changed its candidate for head of the 22member...