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Lebanon's Saad Hariri gets new term as PM: presidency

Beirut - Lebanese lawmakers designated Prime Minister Saad Hariri for a third term in office Thursday, less than three weeks after elections that saw his movement lose ground in parliament.

US-led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - A US-led coalition air strike on Syrian army positions overnight killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in an area where both sides have been battling holdout jihadists, a monitor said Thursday.

Doctors ask Syria to lift 7-year ban on access to wounded

Beirut - Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday called on Syria's government to reverse its seven-year ban on the medical charity, issuing an urgent appeal for access to wounded people in regime-held territory.

New Lebanon parliament re-elects Hezbollah ally Berri as speaker

Beirut - Lebanon's new parliament on Wednesday elected veteran speaker and Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri to a sixth consecutive term, making him one of the longest-serving parliamentary heads in the world.

Speaker Nabih Berri, great survivor of Lebanese politics

Beirut - Famous for his quick wit and shrewd politicking, Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri is returning for a sixth consecutive term as speaker of Lebanon's parliament, making him one of the world's longest-serving legislative chiefs.

New Lebanon parliament re-elects Hezbollah ally Berri as speaker

Beirut - Lebanon's new parliament on Wednesday elected veteran speaker and Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri to a sixth consecutive term, making him one of the longest-serving parliamentary heads in the world.

Watchdog urges Russia world cup opening boycott over Syria

Beirut - World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin's VIP box at next month's World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Yarmuk, an epicentre of Syria's bloody conflict

Beirut - Poverty and exile, siege and starvation, jihadist rule and government shelling -- few places have seen more suffering in Syria's seven year, atrocity-filled war than the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk.

More IS fighters leave Damascus district: monitor

Beirut - A second batch of fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group left their final Damascus stronghold overnight, a monitor said Monday, bringing the Syrian regime closer to a major milestone.

IS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

Beirut - Islamic State group fighters began evacuating their final stronghold in southern Damascus on Sunday, a monitor said, bringing Syria's government closer than ever to flushing out the last threat to the capital.

First IS fighters evacuate south Damascus: monitor

Beirut - A first batch of Islamic State group fighters left their final stronghold in Syria's capital early Sunday under a deal struck after weeks of fierce combat, a monitor said.

Syria and IS reach truce after south Damascus battles

Beirut - Pro-government forces and the Islamic State group observed a brief ceasefire in southern Damascus Saturday, a monitor said, after weeks of deadly fighting in the jihadists' last stronghold in the Syrian capital.

Lebanon hosts first all-female classic car rally

Beirut - Lebanon is hosting its first ever women-only classic car rally, with female drivers flying in from across the world for the occasion.The 28 drivers in the two-day Rallye des Graces event include women from France, the United Kingdom, China and Algeria....

Huge blasts at central Syria military airbase: monitor

Beirut - Explosions rocked weapons and fuel depots at a regime military airbase in central Syria Friday, a monitor said, adding that the cause of the blasts was not yet clear.

Lebanon authorities block gay pride festival: organiser

Beirut - Lebanon's LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended after authorities interrogated its organiser and threatened him with prosecution, he said Wednesday.

Top Hariri aides out after poor showing in Lebanon vote

Beirut - Three key aides of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri were fired or resigned, his office has revealed, a week after a disastrous showing in the country's first general election in almost a decade.

Islamic State group claims deadly Indonesia church attacks

Beirut - The Islamic State group was responsible for suicide attacks against three churches in Indonesia that killed at least 11 people on Sunday, it said via its propaganda agency Amaq.

Syria fight against IS in Damascus stalls, dozens dead: monitor

Beirut - At least 86 pro-regime fighters were killed in Syria over the past week in battles against the Islamic State group as regime forces push to clear jihadists from their last stronghold in Damascus, a monitor said Saturday.

Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria Thursday: monitor

Beirut - At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented Israeli strikes on Syria this week, a monitor said Saturday.

UN says Lebanon-Israel border 'quiet' after Syria flare-up

Beirut - United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon said Friday they were keeping a close eye on the southern border with Israel, but the area was "quiet" after strikes on suspected Iranian positions in Syria.
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