World Bulletin / News Desk
A Syrian rebel commander told Reuters on Sunday that 11 kidnapped Lebanese Shi'ites are staying in air-conditioned rooms and are in good health but will not be released until President Bashar al-Assad leaves power and a new parliament is elected.
"Their health is good and they're fine and they're eating and drinking well, staying in a farm with full comfort and air conditioning, and they're alive," Abu Omar, commander of the Storm of the North brigade, told Reuters at the Bab al-Salam border crossing with Turkey, which his men had overrun on Sunday.
The Lebanese hostages were on a bus that was stopped by gunmen on May 22 as it crossed into northern Syria from Turkey on its way home from a visit to Iran. The gunmen released the women and kept the men.
Abu Omar said he was in charge of rebel forces in the northern Syrian Azaz region.
Foreign Minister Lavrov says 'convinced it would have been possible to more effectively and quickly liberate ISIL-occupied areas if Russian and US militaries started coordinating their actions
Syrian Democratic Forces units start an operation to liberate northern Raqqa province
'The T4 air base was severely damaged by an ISIL artillery attack. In particular, four Russian Mi-24 attack helicopters appear to have been destroyed,' a report says
State Comptroller Yosef Shapira is tasked with overseeing the use of public funds, and investigating allegations of double billing of flights by Netanyahu
The two countries set to conduct another round of talks on organising this year's pilgrimage for Iranians
Ban Ki-moon called situation in Syria 'heartbreaking' at World Humanitarian Summit
US envoy Michael Ratney calls on Syrian opposition groups to respect the truce despite Assad regime's violations
The Moscow-proposed move aims to 'stabilise the situation' in the areas
Saudi embassy in Ankara rejects claims that Iranian nationals were being hindered from taking part in Hajj pilgrimage
More than 300 UNRWA-run schools 'across the region have been impacted, attacked or otherwise rendered inoperable by conflict or violence in the last five years'
'The bilateral agreement to develop the Chabahar port and related infrastructure, and availability of about $500 million from India for this purpose, is an important milestone,' Indian PM says
Proposals to apply death penalty in ‘terrorism’ cases may only be used against Palestinians, Israeli media reports
Benjamin Netanyahu offers to hold direct talks with the Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Paris
The extremist group takes responsibility for attacks in Syria and Yemen that killed more that 150 people
'A joint meeting between the two delegations to the Yemen peace talks has started in the morning,' UN envoy says
A monitor says the air strikes targeted Castello road, which was still open but dangerous