During their meeting in Madrid, the Syrian opposition requested the assurance of the international community that Assad would have no role in the transitional period.
17:59, 21 May 2013 Tuesday
All four unofficial crossing points used by refugees trying to escape bombardments in the southern province of Deraa have been closed for the past six days
United Nations-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said "the opposition prepares itself to take part and likewise the Syrian regime prepares to take part in this conference"
Turkey's prime minister has harshly criticized Lebanese Hezbollah fighters for driving Syrian opposition fighters from the town of Qusair near the Lebanese border along with Syrian soldiers.
Turkmens also contribute to the opposition by protecting their villages from the attacks of Assad forces.
Eight Saudis, a Lebanese and a Turk detained in a spying case that Riyadh said was linked to Iran
Iran’s final list of candidates for the presidential election will be announced on May 22, Iranian media says Mashaei and Hashemi disqualified.
The list includes Prime Minister Wael al-Halki and more junior officials, but opposition has already rejected some of the officials on the list because of their lack of influence.
The Prophet's Mosque becomes the center of Muslim tourists with the beginning of the three holy months.
Opposition activists said fighting was raging in Qusair, as well as in areas to the east where several army bases are located, and in the Hezbollah-held southern and western approaches to the town.
Iran has extended its contract with the UAE for another three years to drill oil wells in Turkmen waters, the Mehr News Agency quoted North Drilling Company's managing director Hedayatollah Khademi as saying.
The Doha Forum is to focus on the latest developments in the Middle East.
Syria said its armed forces destroyed an Israeli vehicle after it crossed a ceasefire line.
The balance in northern Iraq is being re-established! When tensions are being experienced between the PYD, the extension of the PKK in Syria, and the PKK and Barzani are becoming closer...
Brahimi called on Egyptian president Morsi to support the conference in order for its success, and to convince the opposition to take part in the negotiations.
Gunfire incidents across the frontier from Syria have recurred in past months during an escalating a civil war there in which rebels have sought to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) stated that claims about Syrian army entering the center of Qusayr, a district of Homs in west of Syria and taking the control of the town hall and surrounding buildings were groundless.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said the time restriction on the Geneva II Conference on Syria would harm the solution process.
Al-Assad must realise that "no option is off table" if his government fails to negotiate seriously at peace talks in Geneva, William Hague said
Forces loyal to Assad attacked a grain depot in northern city near Aleppo
Turkey's Amman Embassy holds charity reception for Syrian shelter seekers