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Ex-army head Aoun tipped for Lebanon presidency

Birut - Lebanon's powerful ex-premier Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun for president, a post that has been vacant for almost 30 months, a senior politician said Wednesday.

Syria rebels capture emblematic IS stronghold Dabiq

Birut - Syrian rebels dealt a major symbolic blow to the Islamic State group on Sunday by capturing the town of Dabiq where the jihadists had promised an apocalyptic battle.

Leading charities in call for Aleppo truce

Birut - Leading charities called Saturday for a ceasefire in the battered Syrian city of Aleppo, ahead of a meeting of world powers in Switzerland to discuss the carnage.

In Lebanon, saving the hearts of Syrian refugee babies

Sidon - Nine-month-old Amena al-Helou's skin sizzles as the surgeon cauterises an incision in her chest, beginning a heart operation at a south Lebanon hospital to save the Syrian refugee's life.

Warplanes hit Syria's Aleppo ahead of new diplomatic push

Birut - Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded Aleppo again on Thursday after two days of heavy bombardment that killed more than 70 civilians, as world powers prepared for last-ditch weekend talks on a ceasefire.

Chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah calls for protests in solidarity with Yemen

Birut - The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement late Tuesday called for widespread protests in solidarity with Yemen after an air strike there killed at least 140 people.

Syria regime keeps up Aleppo assault after UN fails on truce

Birut - Syrian government forces kept up their blistering assault on rebel-held eastern Aleppo after a divided UN Security Council failed to agree on a truce to save the war-battered city.

Syria's White Helmets: 'heroes' who run towards bombs

Birut - Before war broke out they were bakers, decorators or students. Now Syria's volunteer rescuers known as the White Helmets risk their lives trying to pull victims from the rubble.

UN envoy warns east Aleppo faces total destruction

Birut - The UN's Syria envoy Thursday warned east Aleppo faces total destruction, as government forces made their biggest gains in years against rebels inside the opposition-held part of the battleground city.

East Aleppo faces total destruction, UN envoy warns

Birut - The UN's Syria envoy on Thursday warned east Aleppo faces total destruction, as government forces made their biggest gains in years against rebels inside the opposition-held part of the battleground city.

Blast at Syria-Turkey border 'kills 29 rebels'

Birut - At least 29 Syrian rebels were killed in a blast at a border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Strike kills 19 civilians in IS-held Syria village: monitor

Birut - Three children were among at least 19 civilians killed in an air strike on a village held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria on Wednesday, a monitor said.

Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

Birut - As Syrian regime forces advanced in Aleppo, backed by a deadly Russian air campaign, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) decried the "bloodbath," saying the battleground city's eastern rebel-held portion had become "a giant kill box".

3,800 civilians dead in Russian strikes in Syria: monitor

Birut - More than 3,800 civilians have been killed in one year of Russian air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said Friday as international outcry mounted.

Bunker-busting bombs close Aleppo underground schools: charity

Birut - Bunker-busting bombs are putting children in so much danger in Syria's Aleppo that they won't even be able to return to underground schools when classes resume this weekend, a charity said Friday.

Syria political deal not viable: opposition official

Birut - Escalating violence in Syria, particularly against rebel-held Aleppo city, means a political solution to the conflict is "no longer a viable option," an opposition official said Wednesday.

Russia backs Aleppo assault to strong-arm US: analysts

Birut - Russia has decided to throw its military might behind the Syrian regime's drive to recapture divided Aleppo in a bid to strong-arm Washington into accepting Moscow's demands, analysts say.

Five things to know about Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Once an economic powerhouse, Aleppo and its surrounding countryside have suffered some of the bloodiest violence in Syria's five-year conflict that has cost more than 300,000 lives.

First air strikes on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

Birut - Four air strikes hit rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo on Sunday, a monitor said, in the first raids on the battered city since a truce came into force.

'Coalition raid' hits Syria army as truce wavers

Birut - A US-led coalition fighting jihadists in Syria admitted it may have hit an army position in the east, in strikes that Russia and a monitor said killed at least 62 soldiers.
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