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Syria regime shelling kills 21 civilians in east Aleppo: monitor

Birut - Syrian government artillery fire killed 21 civilians, including two children, in an eastern district of Aleppo early Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

Syria's Aleppo key to a regime victory

Birut - President Bashar al-Assad is determined to retake Syria's second city Aleppo to deal a decisive blow to the rebels ahead of a possible change in US foreign policy, analysts say.

Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo: monitor  

Birut - Nearly 10,000 civilians have fled battered eastern Aleppo towards government-held districts and the Kurdish-controlled neighbourhood of Sheikh Maksoud, a monitoring group said Sunday.

Syria regime bombardment kills 32 civilians in Aleppo: monitor

Birut - At least 32 civilians, including five children, were killed Thursday in Syrian regime air strikes and artillery bombardment on rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo, a monitor said citing a new toll.

Aleppo becomes a symbol of world inaction

Birut - The Syrian army's advances against rebels in east Aleppo have sparked international concern, but the world appears powerless to prevent the symbolic city from being recaptured by the government.- Is east Aleppo's fall inevitable?

Lebanon's Hezbollah denies claiming it is now 'an army'

Birut - Lebanon's powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah on Wednesday denied quotes in a Lebanese newspaper attributed to its second-in-command Sheikh Naim Qassem saying it had become "an army".

IS tightens grip in Syria bastion Raqa as assault nears

Birut - Internet cafes closed down, travel bans and new checkpoints: residents say jihadists are trying to tighten their grip on power in Raqa as US-backed forces near the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion.

Syria regime raids hit east Aleppo for first time in month

Birut - Syrian government air strikes and barrel bomb attacks hit residential neighbourhoods of rebel-held east Aleppo on Tuesday for the first time in nearly a month, a monitor said.

Syria regime rolls back rebel gains in Aleppo: monitor

Birut - Syrian government forces have recaptured all of the areas taken by rebel fighters in a recent assault intended to break the regime siege on eastern Aleppo, a monitor said Saturday.

Syrian opposition urges Trump to protect civilians

Birut - Syria's main opposition group has urged US president-elect Donald Trump to protect civilians and help end the bloodshed in the country, devastated by five years of war.

Uncertainty across Middle East after Trump victory

Birut - Uncertainty spread across the Middle East following Donald Trump's US election win, with questions hanging over the war against the Islamic State group, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear deal.

Raid kills 7 children in Syria rebel bastion: monitor

Birut - At least seven children and two pregnant women were killed in an air strike on Syria's rebel stronghold province of Idlib on Tuesday, a monitor said.

Military and political obstacles in fight for IS's Raqa

Birut - The Islamic State group will fight ferociously for its Syrian bastion Raqa, but the battle will also be complicated by complex relations between Washington and its allies on the ground.

Syria regime shelling kills six children in kindergarten: monitor

Birut - At least six children were killed on Sunday in Syrian government shelling that hit a kindergarten in the rebel-held town of Harasta outside the capital Damascus, a monitor said.

Syria's SDF: US-backed alliance targeting IS-held Raqa

Birut - The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance that on Sunday announced the start of operations to capture Raqa from the Islamic State group was formed just over a year ago.

Lebanon's new PM a vocal critic of Hezbollah, Syria

Beirut - Lebanon's new prime minister Saad Hariri, the son of former billionaire premier Rafik Hariri, is a vociferous critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime which he blames for his father's assassination.

Lebanon's Hariri to form government, but path tough

Birut - Former prime minister Saad Hariri was nominated Thursday to form Lebanon's next government but the process is likely to be hampered by deep differences with the powerful Hezbollah movement.

Lebanon elects Aoun president, ending two-year vacuum

Birut - Lebanese lawmakers ended a two-year political vacuum on Monday by electing as president ex-army chief Michel Aoun, who promised to protect the country from spillover from the war in Syria.

Rebel assault on Aleppo slows as UN slams civilian deaths

Birut - A rebel assault to break the siege of Syria's Aleppo slowed Monday amid fierce resistance from regime forces, as the UN said it was "appalled" by opposition fire on civilians.

Russia denies role in bloody strike on Syria school

Birut - Russia denied any involvement in deadly air strikes on a Syrian school and rejected a UN-led investigation showing its ally Damascus had carried out chemical attacks, as Moscow's relations with the West took another hit.
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