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'100,000 Syrians trapped' as IS advances near Turkish border

Birut - At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.

150 U.S.-led air strikes hit IS near Syria's Raqa

Birut - Warplanes from a US-led coalition have conducted at least 150 air strikes on the Islamic State group to bolster a major offensive on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqa, a monitor said Friday.

Twin assaults in Syria, Iraq pile pressure on IS

Birut - US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists.

Death toll from IS bombings in Assad heartland hits 154: Monitor

Birut - The death toll from a wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in the heartland of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has risen to 154, a monitor said on Tuesday.

Bombs kill more than 100 in Syria regime strongholds

Birut - At least 101 people were killed on Monday in two Syrian regime bastions in a spate of bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Syria regime relentless on siege of 'thorn in side' Daraya

Birut - Under international pressure, Syria's government has agreed to partial aid access for thousands of civilians living under regime siege but one town near Damascus remains a "thorn in its side": Daraya.

Syria rebels give truce brokers 48 hours to end regime assault

Birut - Rebel groups Sunday set a 48-hour deadline for the US and Russian sponsors of a February ceasefire in Syria's conflict to halt a regime offensive in the Damascus region.

Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: Monitor

Birut - Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said.

'At least 60,000 dead' in Syria regime prisons

Birut - At least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday.

Coalition flyers urge residents to quit IS Syria bastion

Birut - The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has dropped flyers on Syria's Raqa urging residents for the first time to leave the jihadist stronghold, an activist and a monitor said Friday.

Syria rebel clashes 'leave 52 dead' in Eastern Ghouta

Birut - At least 50 fighters and two civilians were killed Tuesday in clashes between rival anti-regime groups east of Syria's capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Rebel infighting near Syria capital kills hundreds: Monitor

Birut - Fighting raging between rival Islamist rebel factions to control a key opposition stronghold near Damascus since late last month has killed more than 300 fighters, a monitor said on Sunday.

IS 'attacks Syria hospital, kills 20, takes hostages'

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group on Saturday overran a government-controlled hospital in eastern Syria, killing 20 members of pro-regime forces and taking medical staff hostage, a monitor said.

Hezbollah says Islamist extremists killed military chief in Syria

Birut - Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah on Saturday blamed Sunni extremists for killing its top military commander in Syria and vowed to keep fighting to defend President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Michel Temer's Lebanese homeland fetes his success

Btaaboura - In his ancestral village in Lebanon, Michel Temer's rise to power in Brazil is a source of both pride and amusement in a country with no president of its own due to political deadlock.

Syria Qaeda kills 19 civilians from Assad's Alawite sect

Birut - Al-Qaeda fighters and their allies shot dead 19 civilians from President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority in their own homes after seizing their village in central Syria, a monitor said Friday.

Blast kills Hezbollah military chief in Syria

Birut - Lebanon's Hezbollah announced on Friday that its top military commander had been killed in an attack in Syria where the Shiite militant group has deployed thousands of fighters in support of the Damascus regime.

Syrian army battles jihadists near Palmyra

Birut - Syrian regime forces Wednesday battled jihadists who cut a key supply route west of ancient Palmyra, after new bombardments hit Aleppo city where a ceasefire was due to expire at midnight.

Grassroots campaign tackles entrenched parties in Lebanon poll

Birut - Lebanese voters headed to the polls for the first time in six years for municipal elections including in Beirut, where a new grassroots campaign is taking on entrenched parties.

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.
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