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Dozens dead as Syria army battles jihadists near Aleppo: monitor

Birut - Fighting between Syrian regime forces and Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists and their allies has left more than 70 dead south of the battleground city of Aleppo, a monitor said on Friday.

Twin bombings 'kill 10 civilians in central Syria'

Birut - A double bomb attack on Thursday in central Syria killed at least 10 civilians and wounded 40 others, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In first, civic campaign vies for power in Beirut vote

Birut - Armed with a 10-point platform and a shot of ambition, an unlikely alliance of Lebanese citizens will for the first time take on Beirut's powerful political class in Sunday's municipal elections.

22 air strikes near Syria capital as fighting 'freeze' ends

Birut - At least 22 air strikes pounded a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital on Wednesday after a local freeze on fighting expired overnight, a monitoring group said.

Economics, sense of revenge 'pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks'

Birut - Economic concerns and the desire for a sense of purpose and revenge are the major factors pushing young Syrians into the arms of jihadist groups, a study released on Wednesday found.

Air raids on IS Syria bastion kill 19 civilians: monitor

Birut - Heavy air strikes throughout the night on the Islamic State group's de facto Syria capital Raqa killed 19 civilians and 10 jihadists, a monitor said in a new toll Tuesday.

Aleppo: A key Syrian battleground

Birut - The city of Aleppo, capital of the eponymous northern province, is strategically vital to all sides involved in Syria's five-year civil war and at the centre of escalating violence imperilling a landmark ceasefire.

'Dozens dead' in Aleppo clashes

Birut - At least 38 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded in fresh violence in Syria's second city Aleppo on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

Aid enters besieged central Syria town: Red Cross

Birut - An aid convoy for besieged civilians entered a rebel-held town in central Syria on Wednesday for the first time in a year, the Red Cross said.

For battered Aleppo residents, Syria ceasefire already dead

Birut - As world powers backing peace talks continue to insist Syria's ceasefire is holding, residents of battered second city Aleppo can only express stunned disbelief."I don't know what truce they're talking about.

IS claims capture of Syrian pilot after shooting down plane

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group on Friday captured a Syrian pilot alive after shooting down his plane east of Damascus, the IS-affiliated Amaq news agency said. Amaq gave the pilot's name as Azzam Eid, from Hama.

Australian mother, TV crew freed on bail in Lebanon abduction case

Birut - An Australian woman and four journalists accused of kidnapping her children from their Lebanese father in Beirut were released on bail Wednesday after he dropped the charges against them.

IS tightens noose on regime enclave in eastern Syria: Monitor

Birut - The Islamic State group has tightened the noose on a regime-held enclave in eastern Syria, overrunning part of the city of Deir Ezzor and advancing on its vital airbase, a monitor said Wednesday.

Dozens dead in Syria strikes as opposition chiefs leave talks

Birut - Suspected government air strikes killed at least 44 civilians at markets in northwestern Syria Tuesday, as opposition chiefs said they were leaving peace talks in Geneva because of such attacks.

Syria rebels vow retaliation as peace talks under threat

Birut - Key Syrian rebel groups vowed on Monday to strike back against alleged regime ceasefire violations, casting doubt on the future of fragile peace talks due to resume in Geneva.

France's Hollande visits Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

Birut - French President Francois Hollande met with Syrian refugee children in eastern Lebanon on Sunday before he was to head to Egypt as part of a four-day regional tour.

11 civilians dead in attacks in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - At least 11 civilians were killed in Syria's second city Aleppo, a monitor said Sunday, in one of the highest single tolls since a fragile truce came into force.

Undocumented Syrians in Lebanon pushed into the shadows

Raouche - Many Syrian refugees in Lebanon say their lives have ground to a halt since new measures made it almost impossible for them to obtain or renew their residence permits.

France's Hollande pledges aid to Lebanon at start of Mideast tour

Birut - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday pledged financial and military support for Lebanon and urged its paralysed political class to elect a president, at the start of a regional tour.

IS group makes gains in northern Syria from regime, rebels

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group made gains in northern Syria on Saturday from both government forces and their rebel opponents, a monitoring group said.
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