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Lebanon scraps reviled rape law after campaign

Birut - Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday scrapped a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, official media and activists said, after a high-profile campaign for its repeal.

Syrian rebels say they downed regime plane, captured pilot

Birut - A Syrian rebel group said it shot down a government warplane on Tuesday and captured its pilot alive near a ceasefire zone in the war-ravaged country's south.

Lebanon war adoptees abroad dig to unearth roots

Birut - Dida Guigan was just two weeks old when she was whisked out of war-torn Beirut by her new parents, one of thousands of children adopted internationally during Lebanon's civil war.

Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor

Birut - A commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters has killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group in central Syria, a monitor said Sunday.

Truce in Syria's Homs province after safe zone agreed

Birut - A ceasefire between government forces and rebels went into effect in part of central Syria on Thursday after Russia struck a deal with the opposition on a safe zone.

Cyberactivist secretly executed in Syria detention: widow

Birut - A prominent cyberactivist who was detained on the first anniversary of the 2011 uprising that sparked the Syrian civil war was secretly executed nearly two years ago, his widow said.

Food access in Syria's Raqa at 'critical turning point': NGOs

Birut - Food access in Syria's battle-torn Raqa is now at "a critical turning point," aid organisations said Monday, with markets shuttered and residents depending fully on their dwindling stockpiles.

Besieged Syria area gets first aid in 5 years: UN

Birut - A region besieged by the regime forces east of Syria's capital on Sunday received UN aid for the first time in five years, a UN source said.

Syria army at gates of IS-held town on road to east: monitor

Birut - The Syrian army has reached the last jihadist-held town on the road to its besieged garrison in the east, a monitoring group said on Friday.

Ceasefire reached on Lebanon-Syria border: reports

Birut - Fighting between Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and a former Al-Qaeda affiliate on the Syria-Lebanon border halted Thursday after a ceasefire was reached, Lebanese media and Hezbollah outlets reported.

Clashes rock Syria truce zone: monitor

Birut - Clashes erupted overnight in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus, which was also hit by government air strikes despite a truce deal, a monitor said on Wednesday.

Deadly strike hits Syria rebel town despite truce: monitor

Birut - An air strike killed eight civilians late Monday in a rebel-held town east of Damascus where a truce was supposed to have taken effect at the weekend, a monitor said.

Jihadists take control of major Syrian city

Birut - Jihadists on Sunday took Idlib in Syria after rival rebels withdrew, strengthening their grip over the northwestern city and its province, one of the last beyond regime control.

Lebanon's Hezbollah launches Syria border operation

Birut - Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah group said on Friday its fighters had begun an operation against militants on both sides of the country's border with Syria.

Parents of US reporter missing in Syria urge captors to reach out

Birut - The parents of Austin Tice, a freelance reporter who went missing in Syria nearly five years ago, urged their son's captors on Thursday for "another chance" to negotiate his release.

30 civilians dead in anti-IS strikes in Syria: monitor

Birut - At least 30 civilians were killed Wednesday in separate bombing raids by the US-led coalition and pro-regime warplanes on jihadist-held territory in Syria, a monitor said.

3 tigers resettled in France after Lebanon rescue

Birut - Three Siberian tigers rescued in Lebanon from an attempt to smuggle them into war-ravaged Syria were being resettled to France on Tuesday, an animal rights group said.

Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss

Birut - Discreet in his youth and invisible as the world's most wanted man, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday as his cross-border "caliphate" falls apart.

IS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul

Birut - Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, a day after Iraq declared it had driven the jihadists from their one-time top stronghold of Mosul.

Syria monitor says IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead

Birut - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Tuesday it had information from top Islamic State group leaders confirming the death of the jihadist organisation's chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
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