Syrian media has accused Israel of bombing a military research center near Damascus. The allegations are causing furor within Syria and among its allies.
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is in Damascus to finalize a deal for a truce in Aleppo. Meanwhile, al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front and Western-backed rebel group Hazm Movement are fighting it out near the war-ravaged city.
Brutal violence in Syria is continuing unabated as the conflict there enters its fifth year, UN officials say. They say hundreds of thousands of Syrians are not receiving urgently needed aid.
Damascus does not need outside help in its fight against "Islamic State" jihadists, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Monday. He also criticized Jordan, which recently boosted its airstrikes within Syria.
Ten years after he was killed in a car bombing, Beirut commemorated the death of prominent post-civil war Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. His son Saad returned from self-imposed exile to speak at the commemorations.
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