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In crisis-hit Lebanon, will French-language schools survive?

Zahl - Inside the French-language school she has run for years in east Lebanon, Sister Colette Moughabghab welcomed parents devastated by the news the century-old establishment was locking up its classrooms.

After 'reconciliation': Syria regime's silent crackdown

Beirut - Syrian army defector Salam had signed a surrender deal with the regime supposed to protect him, but after reporting for military service, he disappeared and months later was declared dead."He went off and never came back," his elder brother told AFP.

Fresh Lebanon protests over spiralling economic crisis

Beirut - Dozens of demonstrators angered by a deepening economic crisis rallied for a third consecutive day on Saturday after a night of violent riots sparked condemnation from the political elite.

Lebanon in crisis talks as currency plunge sparks protests

Beirut - Lebanon's government held crisis talks Friday after the country's currency plumbed record lows on the black market, triggering a night of angry protests over the worst recession in decades.

Syrians fear hunger as record devaluation sparks protests

Beirut - Umm Ahmed and her family have survived years of war, but now the mother of five is terrified uncontrolled devaluation of the Syrian pound will prevent her from feeding her children.

First civilian killed in NW Syria raid since March: monitor

Beirut - Russian air strikes on northwestern Syria killed a civilian Tuesday, the first such fatality since a ceasefire went into force three months ago, a war monitor said.

Assad's 20-year rule, from Damascus Spring to pariah

Beirut - Bashar al-Assad's rise to power after three decades of his father's iron-fisted rule raised hope of democratic opening. But 20 years later, Syria is isolated and war-ravaged.

Dozens wounded in clashes as hundreds of protesters flood Beirut

Beirut - Protesters poured into the streets of the Lebanese capital Saturday to decry the collapse of the economy, as clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of the Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah.

First Russian strikes in 3 months hit NW Syria: monitor

Beirut - Russian air strikes have hit Syria's last major rebel bastion for the first time since a March ceasefire came into force, a war monitor said on Wednesday.

Amnesty urges probe into 'ruthless' Iran protest killings

Beirut - Amnesty International urged the United Nations on Wednesday to launch an inquiry into the killing of protesters by Iranian security forces, six months after they erupted over petrol prices.

Syrian rebel and regime forces now fight in Libya

Beirut - While a ceasefire in Syria has reduced combat between rebels and government forces, mercenaries from the two sides are still fighting in Libya on behalf of their Russian and Turkish backers.

Lebanon says ready to float pound only after aid secured

Beirut - Lebanon is ready to terminate a 23-year-old dollar peg and float the pound, but only after it secures billions in aid, Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni said Friday.

Syria strikes kill 14 Iranian, allied fighters: monitor

Beirut - Overnight strikes on positions held by Iranian-backed militias and their allies in eastern Syria killed 14 fighters, a war monitor said on Tuesday.

Egypt director of video critical of Sisi dies in jail

Beirut - A young Egyptian film-maker imprisoned for directing a music video critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has died in a Cairo jail, his lawyer said Saturday.

Lebanon PM says government to seek IMF aid

Beirut - Lebanon will seek financial help from the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Thursday, after the government adopted an economic rescue plan.

Crisis-hit Lebanon approves economic rescue plan

Beirut - The Lebanese government on Thursday approved a long-awaited plan to rescue the debt-saddled economy from its worst crisis in decades, following a fresh wave of angry streets protests.

Crisis-hit Lebanon to approve economic rescue plan

Beirut - The Lebanese government met Thursday to approve a long-awaited plan to rescue the debt-saddled economy from its worst crisis in decades, following a fresh wave of angry streets protests.

In riot-hit Lebanon, central bank chief blames govt leaders

Beirut - Clashes broke out between protesters and the Lebanese army Wednesday, hours after the under-fire central bank chief blamed a lack of government reforms for a spiralling economic crisis that has sparked demonstrations despite a coronavirus lockdown.

Fuel truck bomb kills more than 20 in northern Syria: monitor

Beirut - A fuel truck bomb killed more than 20 people including at least six Turkey-backed rebel fighters on Tuesday in a northern Syrian city controlled by Ankara's proxies, a war monitor said.

Lebanese protesters back on the streets as economy crumbles

Tripoli - Lebanese protesters confronted army troops for a second day Tuesday as anger over a spiralling economic crisis re-energised a months-old anti-government movement in defiance of a coronavirus lockdown.
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