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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Both sides in Syrian civil war claim chemical weapons were used on them

The Syrian regime and rebels have traded accusations over the use of chemical weapons, allegations that if proven could force the West towards a more robust military intervention.

Ghassan Hitto has been elected head of Syria’s opposition transitional government

Last stop Dallas, next stop Damascus? Ghassan Hitto - the IT executive who wants to govern Syria

Just last year Ghassan Hitto was an IT executive in Dallas whose focus was probably lines of code or how to deliver a project on time. But today he was giving a speech in Istanbul in which he insisted his new priority was to utilise “all conceivable means” to topple President Bashar al-Assad and provide desperately-needed aid to the beleaguered people of Syria.

Syria fires rockets into Lebanon as coalition seeks first leader

Damascus sends warning that it will not tolerate arms and rebels crossing between two nations

A UN Filipino solider guards the entrance to the UN headquarters near the Israeli-Syrian border

Rebels claim UN peacekeepers were rescued not kidnapped

Syrian rebels who claimed to have kidnapped a group of UN peacekeepers did an about-face as they said they were in fact rescuing them from danger, in an incident that has thrown a light on escalating violence in a supposed demilitarised zone on the Israeli border.

Abu Dhabi bars foreign observers from court as trial of 94 'coup-plotters' begins

Defendants allege mistreatment but human rights groups are turned away

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, says he will not rule out further UK intervention in Syria

William Hague dismisses Assad claims as ‘delusional’

Foreign Secretary William Hague branded Bashar al-Assad “delusional” today after the Syrian President accused Britain of fanning the flames of the country’s civil war by attempting to arm the rebels.

An injured rebel fighter is helped during heavy fighting with Syrian government troops

Syrian rebels win American aid - but not the guns they want

White House to bolster support for opposition with medicine and food supply drops

Free Syrian Army fighters gather at one of their caves in Jabal al-Zaweya, Syria, whom reject talks until President Bashar Assad leaves

Rebels reject Syrian regime’s offer of talks until Assad goes

New US Secretary of State steps up efforts to persuade opposition to attend Rome meeting

UK to train Lebanese troops amid fears of Syria overspill

Britain will help train 2,000 Lebanese soldiers this year amid heightened concern that Syria's neighbour will be sucked into the country's civil war, the Foreign Secretary has said.

Aftermath of the deadly car bomb on a Damascus street

Peace in Syria looks a vain hope as 53 die in car bomb

Children among the casualties after 1.5 tonnes of explosives are detonated in Damascus

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