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130 bodies found in Syria mass graves

Birut - The bodies of some 130 fighters shot execution-style or beheaded by rival jihadists have been found in mass graves in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group and rebel sources said Thursday.

Years of failed efforts to end Syrian conflict

Birut - Since the start of Syria's war in 2011, several diplomatic initiatives have stumbled over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

Le Pen in Lebanon controversy over headscarf refusal

Birut - France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen sparked controversy Tuesday during her brief visit to Lebanon when she refused to wear a headscarf to meet the country's top Sunni Muslim cleric.

Where does Syria's opposition stand ahead of new talks?

Birut - Syrian opposition figures will return to Geneva on Thursday for new UN-sponsored talks with President Bashar al-Assad's regime on their country's six-year conflict.

Chief negotiators at looming Syria talks in Geneva

Birut - A seasoned diplomat, a cardiologist and a lawyer will represent Syria's two sides at UN-brokered peace talks that begin Thursday in Geneva aimed at ending six years of brutal warfare.

Who's who in Syria conflict as Geneva talks loom

Birut - Syrian government officials and opposition figures will gather in Geneva on Thursday for the fourth round of UN-brokered talks aimed at ending their country's brutal six-year conflict.

Le Pen in Lebanon holds first head of state meeting

Birut - France's far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday met for the first time with a foreign head of state, holding talks in Beirut with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun.

Syrian army pounds rebels in pre-talks shelling

Birut - Syrian government forces Monday escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message" just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva.

Balloon, camera, action: mapping a Palestinian camp in Lebanon

- Equipped with an inexpensive camera and a big red balloon, Firas Ismail -- a 20-year-old Palestinian refugee in southern Lebanon -- is not your typical urban planner.

Syria regime shelling of funeral kills 9: monitor

Birut - At least nine people were killed on Saturday when government forces launched a barrage of rockets that hit a funeral on the edges of the Syrian capital, a monitor said.

Dozens of jihadists 'executed in Syria infighting'

Birut - A jihadist group has executed 41 fighters from Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate and allied factions in infighting between the extremists in Syria's Idlib province, a monitor said on Friday.

New talks seek to end Syria's war after nearly six years

Birut - As Syria's war approaches its seventh year, two new rounds of talks on resolving the conflict are scheduled to take place in Astana and Geneva.Here are some questions and answers about the upcoming talks:What talks are scheduled?

Lebanon PM Hariri stands firm on Assad 'crimes'

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday he stood firm against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's "crimes", at an event marking the anniversary of his father's assassination that he has blamed on Damascus.

New talks seek to end Syria's war after nearly six years

Birut - As Syria's war approaches its seventh year, two new rounds of talks on resolving the conflict are scheduled to take place in Astana and Geneva.Here are some questions and answers about the upcoming talks:What talks are scheduled?

Erdogan says Turkish army close to taking IS-held town

Birut - Turkish troops backed by Syrian rebel fighters have entered the centre of the Islamic State group bastion of Al-Bab and will soon capture it, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.

Turkish troops, Syria rebels enter IS-held town: monitor

Birut - Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies entered the Islamic State-held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria Saturday, as government forces moved closer to the jihadist bastion, a monitor said.

Syria army reaches edge of IS-held town: monitor

Birut - Syria's army advanced on Friday to the outskirts of a key Islamic State group bastion that is also being targeted by Turkey's army and allied forces, a monitor said.

Air strikes on Syrian ex-Qaeda branch kill 37: monitor

Birut - Air strikes on Al-Qaeda's former affiliate in Syria on Tuesday killed 37 people in the country's northwest, most of them civilians, a monitoring group said.

Amnesty accuses Syria of mass hangings in infamous jail

Birut - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Syria's government of hanging up to 13,000 people at a notorious prison over five years in a "policy of extermination", two weeks before planned peace talks.

IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

Birut - The Islamic State group is "completely besieged" in its last major stronghold in Syria's Aleppo province, a monitor said, as pro-regime forces pressure the jihadists on several fronts.
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