Loveday Morris

Loveday Morris is an award-winning freelance journalist currently based in Beirut and covering the unfolding crisis in Syria. She regularly contributes to the Independent

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Human Rights Watch say crudely aimed attacks on civilian areas have killed more than 4,000 Syrians since July

Syria airstrikes 'target civilians,' says report

Human Rights Watch say crudely aimed attacks on civilian areas have killed more than 4,000 people since July

Bahrainis hold placards in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix

Bahrain in human rights spotlight as it denies rounding up potential trouble-makers ahead of F1 Grand Prix

Bahrain has been accused of arbitrarily detaining potential trouble-makers in house-to-house raids ahead of next month's Formula One Grand Prix, an event which will throw an international spotlight on the handling of anti-government protesters in the Kingdom.

Tent-dwelling Syrian refugees forced into debt by high rents in Lebanon

When she fled the bloodshed Syria with her five children Ferdaws didn’t expect to have to pay live in a tent. Her sons scavenge for scrap metal - the only income the family has - but she has been unable to avoid falling into debt. 

Samantha Cameron meeting Syrian refugees in a settlement in Lebanon yesterday

Lebanon calls for help in dealing with massive influx of Syrian refugees

Beirut projects those fleeing violence will account for half its population in a year

Moaz al-Khatib: Despite having quit, he was introduced as head of the opposition

Blow for Bashar al-Assad as Arab League gives Syrian President’s chair chair to opposition

Coalition leader steps up efforts to win international support

Syrian Commander Riad al-Asaad lost his leg in a bomb attack

Syrian opposition commander Riad al-Asaad loses leg in bomb attack

An officer who established and once commanded the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) has had his leg blown off by a car bomb. 

Opposition leader quits as rifts deepen within
Syria's rebel coalition

Moaz al-Khatib urged to remain as head of alliance trying to form transition government

Cyril Karabus, a South African Pediatric oncologist was tried in absentia for the manslaughter in 2002 of Sara Adel, a three year old patient who suffered from Lukemia

'I just cannot wait to leave': After seven months detained in Dubai, cancer doctor is free

Oncologist's nightmare ordeal finally ends after he is acquitted of decade-old manslaughter charge and allowed to go home

A wounded man is taken for first aid at hospital after what the government claimed to be a chemical weapons attack by rebels in Aleppo

‘Hell had arrived in Halabja’: 25 years ago it was Kurds bombarded with chemical weapons - now Syrians might share their fate

The regime has been accused of using chemical weapons, as have the rebels

King Abdullah II at a press interview yesterday

Storm brewing as King Abdullah denies attacking the neighbours

Jordan's monarch hits out at US journalist as comments about several Arab leaders cause a stir

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