Syrian media has accused Israel of bombing a military research center near Damascus. The allegations are causing furor within Syria and among its allies.
After a highly questionable election, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun his new term. The fact that he should present himself as a bulwark against terrorism is a mockery, says DW's Rainer Sollich.
Israeli air strikes have killed at least five people in the Gaza Strip, after a fresh spate of rocket fire into Israel. At least one missile has also been fired from either Lebanon or Syria, Israel claims.
A suicide bomber has blown himself up in a Beirut hotel. The head of the Lebanese Red Cross says the agency has transferred more than 10 people who were wounded in the blast, among them four security personnel.
US President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition. The funding is part of a greater $65.8 billion overseas operations budget request.
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