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US drone strike kills 17 jihadists in NW Syria

- The US army said Thursday it carried out a drone strike against Al-Qaeda leaders in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border, killing 17 jihadists, according to a war monitor.

Saad Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet

Beirut - Three-time Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri was renamed to the post Thursday to create a reform-orientated cabinet that can lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades.

Saad Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet

Beirut - Three-time Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri was named to the post for a fourth time Thursday and immediately promised a government of technocrats committed to a French-backed reform plan.

Lebanon protest movement marks 'harrowing' first year

Beirut - Hundreds marched in Lebanon's capital Saturday to mark the first anniversary of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform.

Lebanon marks first anniversary of protest movement

Beirut - Lebanon marks the first anniversary on Saturday of a non-sectarian protest movement that has rocked the political elite but has yet to achieve its goal of sweeping reform.

In rudderless Lebanon, revolutionaries drift apart

Beirut - When Lebanon's protest movement erupted in October 2019, Jennyfer, Teymour and Dayna marched in the same euphoric crowd, united in their determination to bring down their corrupt leaders.

Lebanon, Israel to start landmark maritime border talks

Naqoura - Lebanon and Israel, still technically at war, were to begin unprecedented talks sponsored by the United Nations and the United States on Wednesday to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for oil and gas exploration.

Syria rebels sign up to fight for Azeris to feed families

Beirut - Desperate to help his family displaced by Syria's war, pro-Turkey rebel fighter Abu Ahmad is waiting to be deployed to Azerbaijan hoping to earn almost 80 times his current salary."I signed up to fight more than a week ago to go to Azerbaijan...

Lebanese artists in overdrive to restore Beirut's beauty

Beirut - Lebanese stained glass artist Maya Husseini had hoped to retire after decades spent designing colourful windows, but she has been flooded with work since the blast that ripped through Beirut.

Terrified mothers-to-be adjust after Beirut blast

Beirut - Seven months ago, Lebanese mother-to-be Rana Mneimneh was ecstatic she was pregnant, but after a massive explosion at Beirut's port, she lives in constant fear for her baby girl.

Lebanon PM designate bows out after failing to form cabinet

Beirut - Lebanon's premier-designate stepped down Saturday, saying he had been unable to form a reform-minded government to lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades.

Lebanon PM designate recuses himself from forming new cabinet

Beirut - Lebanon's premier-designate recused himself from forming a new cabinet Saturday as international pressure mounts for a reform-minded administration to replace the government that resigned after a deadly August port blast.

Beirut businesses crowdfund to rebuild after blast

Beirut - Standing in the gutted ruins of her bar destroyed by Beirut's massive port blast, Lebanese entrepreneur Gizelle Hassoun said she hopes crowdfunding can help save her business from the rubble.

In blast-hit Beirut, Armenian elders determined to stay

Beirut - Beirut resident Vany Bandikian once dreamt of travelling outside Lebanon, but after a massive explosion wrecked her neighbourhood, all she wants is to stay in the home her father built.

After Lebanon blast, future lawsuits pile up against the state

Beirut - Elie Hasrouty, who lost his father to the August 4 Beirut port blast, is one of at least 1,228 grieving Lebanese preparing to file a lawsuit against the state.

Dockside dealings: smuggling, bribery and tax evasion at Beirut port

Beirut - The huge explosion at Beirut's port last month laid bare a dockside institution riddled with graft which critics say is a microcosm of a corrupt Lebanese state.

Firefighters put out Beirut blaze but anger smoulders

Beirut - Lebanese firefighters on Friday put out a blaze at Beirut port that brought back the trauma of last month's deadly dockside explosion and destroyed badly needed food aid.

Huge fire at Beirut port weeks after deadly blast

Beirut - A huge fire raged in Beirut's port Thursday, sending a column of black smoke billowing into the sky and sparking alarm among Lebanese still reeling from the devastating dockside blast last month.

Huge fire at Beirut port weeks after deadly blast

Beirut - A huge fire raged in Beirut port on Thursday, AFP correspondents said, sparking alarm among Lebanese still reeling from a devastating dockside explosion that disfigured the capital last month.

UN reports 42 virus cases among Syria staff, families

Beirut - More than 40 members of UN staff and their families have caught coronavirus in Syria, a UN official told AFP Tuesday, warning the illness was spreading in the war-torn country.
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