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Islamic State group claims London attack: IS-linked agency

Birut - The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in London that killed three people, the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the jihadist organisation said on Thursday.

Dozens dead in US-led Syria strikes as coalition ups support

Birut - US-led coalition strikes reportedly killed more than 40 civilians within 48 hours in northern Syria, as the Pentagon on Wednesday announced reinforcements to allies battling the Islamic State group in Raqa.

US-led air strike on north Syria kills 33: monitor

Birut - At least 33 people were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school used as a centre for displaced people near a jihadist-held Syrian town, a monitor said Wednesday.

New Syria peace talks as fight comes to Damascus

Birut - A fifth round of UN-backed Syria peace talks begins Thursday in Geneva with scant hope of a breakthrough against a backdrop of fighting in Damascus and no sign of compromise.

Rebels, jihadists begin new offensive in central Syria

Birut - Syrian jihadists and allied rebels seized a key town from government forces on Tuesday in a new offensive in the central province of Hama, a monitor and fighting factions said.

Rebels launch fresh assault on east Damascus: monitor

Birut - Rebels and jihadists on Tuesday launched a fresh assault on east Damascus, two days after Syrian government forces repelled an initial attack, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

'Intense' strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault: monitor

Birut - Heavy air strikes pounded rebel positions in east Damascus on Monday, a monitoring group said, as Syrian government forces pushed back a rebel assault.

Lebanese descend on capital to protest proposed tax hikes

Birut - Several thousand people descended on the Lebanese capital Sunday to protest proposed tax hikes to cover a salary increase for teachers and other public servants.

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Birut - Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in a surprise assault on government forces.

Avoiding risky sea journey, Syrian refugees head to Italy 'pronto'

Birut - Just before midnight in a sleepy district of Beirut, dozens of Syrian refugees huddle in small groups around bulging suitcases, clutching their pinging cellphones and one-way tickets to Italy."Torino! Pronto! Cappuccino!

UN official quits over 'Israel apartheid' report

Birut - UN official Rima Khalaf announced her resignation on Friday, saying the secretary general had asked her to withdraw a report in which she accused Israel of being an "apartheid state".

In backing Syria's Assad, Russia looks to outdo Iran

Birut - In Aleppo, portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin hang shoulder-to-shoulder with those of his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad, signalling Moscow's rise at the expense of Damascus's other ally, Iran.

US claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque

Birut - The US military says it carried out an air strike in northern Syria against an Al-Qaeda target, but denies deliberately targeting a mosque where at least 42 people were killed according to an independent monitor.

More than 320,000 dead in six years of Syria war: monitor

Birut - Syria's war has killed just over 320,000 people since it erupted six years ago, a monitor said Monday, noting that a fragile ceasefire had helped to slow the rising death toll.

Syria rebels will not attend Astana peace talks: spokesman

Birut - Syrian rebel factions will not attend a new round of negotiations with government figures in the Kazakh capital, an opposition delegation spokesman told AFP on Monday.

Violence against Syria's children 'at its worst' in 2016: UN

Birut - Violence against children in war-ravaged Syria was "at its worst" in 2016, the UN's children's agency said Monday as the conflict nears its seventh year.

Ex-Qaeda affiliate in Syria claims Damascus bombings

Birut - Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front on Sunday said in a statement it was behind twin bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims in the centre of Damascus that killed 74 people."On Saturday...

300 families of IS fighters flee Syria's Raqa: monitor

Birut - Three hundred families of Islamic State group fighters have fled the jihadists' self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqa in 24 hours, as rival forces advance on the city, a monitor said Saturday.

Suspected coalition raids kill 23 civilians in north Syria: monitor

Birut - The toll in air strikes thought to have been conducted by a US-led coalition on a jihadist-held northern Syrian village on Thursday has risen to 23 civilians killed, a monitor said.

Air strikes kill 11 civilians in central Syria: monitor

Birut - At least 11 civilians were killed and dozens more wounded on Saturday in air strikes on a central Syrian village that a monitor said were likely carried out by Russia.
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