Syrian media has accused Israel of bombing a military research center near Damascus. The allegations are causing furor within Syria and among its allies.
Sectarian fighting in northern Lebanon's Tripoli long predates the violence in Syria. Yet, as violence presses on in Syria, locals say they are "tied to the map" of the region. Patrick Strickland reports from Tripoli.
The flood of refugees attempting to reach Europe from Africa and the Mid-East is turning into a global crisis, warns Alexander Betts, head of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University in England.
International donors at a major summit have pledged $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros) in humanitarian aid to conflict-ridden Syria. The amount is less than half of what the United Nations had requested in its appeal.
Germany is set to launch a series of projects in Turkey and Lebanon to help them cope with an influx of Syrian refugees. The two countries, which share borders with Syria, have borne the brunt of the refugee problem.