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For Syria Kurds, the end of autonomy?

Beirut - After years of working towards autonomy, Syria's Kurds have been dropped by their US ally and forced to call in the Damascus regime to stem a six-day Turkish offensive.

Syria Kurds say prison housing IS fighters hit by Turkey

Beirut - Syria's Kurds said Thursday that Turkish bombardment had hit a prison they use to house captured Islamic State group fighters, despite Ankara's pledge to do nothing to undermine the campaign against the jihadists."The Turkish regime...

IS threat to spread if Turkey invades northern Syria

Beirut - A feared Turkish invasion of northeast Syria could spark a resurgence of the Islamic State group, analysts and Kurdish forces have warned, despite Ankara's pledge to prevent the jihadists' return.

Lebanon gas stations to go on strike over dollar 'shortage'

Beirut - Lebanese gas station owners on Thursday announced an immediate and open-ended strike, saying a shortage in dollar reserves has made it difficult to pay suppliers, a syndicate spokesman said.

Clerics force cancellation of Beirut gay pride opening

Beirut - The opening concert of Beirut gay pride week was cancelled under pressure from religious institutions in Lebanon, organisers said.

Future US sanctions will hit Hezbollah benefactors: source

Beirut - A US official warned Lebanese politicians on Monday that future US sanctions would target any party suspected of providing "material" support to the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, a Lebanese source told AFP.

Lebanon's Hariri suspends work at his TV channel

Beirut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Wednesday the suspension of Future TV, his ailing mouthpiece whose employees had recently been on strike over unpaid wages.

US warship docks in Lebanon amid regional tensions

Beirut - The United States navy destroyer USS Ramage docked briefly in Lebanon, the US embassy in Beirut said on Sunday, amid heightened regional tensions.

Lebanon detains former militia member accused of torture

Beirut - Lebanon has detained a senior member of a disbanded Israel-backed militia, a judicial source said Thursday, after his return to the country sparked widespread condemnation and revived accusations of torture.

Lebanon's Hezbollah says downs Israeli drone

Beirut - The Iran-backed Hezbollah movement said Monday it had downed and seized an Israeli drone as it flew across the Lebanese border, a week after a flash confrontation between the arch-foes.

Air strikes kill 18 pro-Iran fighters in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes hit positions of pro-Iranian forces and allied militias in eastern Syria overnight, killing 18 fighters, a war monitor said Monday.

Hezbollah says shot down 'Israeli drone' at Lebanese border

Beirut - Hezbollah said Monday it had shot down an "Israeli drone" as it crossed the border into Lebanon, a week after a flash confrontation between the arch-foes.

Hezbollah chief says 'no more red lines' against Israel

Beirut - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday there were "no more red lines" in the Lebanese movement's confrontation with Israel, threatening attacks deep inside the country a day after the two traded cross-border fire.

Hezbollah TV airs footage it says shows anti-Israel attack

Beirut - Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV on Monday aired footage it said showed an missile attack by the Iran-backed Lebanese group against an Israeli military vehicle the day before.

Op-Ed: Israel says attacks on Syria, Lebanon, Iraq in defense of Israel

Often Israel does not admit attacks it launches on other countries but when it has it usually uses a self-defense argument to the effect that there was an imminent threat to Israel from the targets.

Lebanon says no docking request from Iran tanker

Beirut - Lebanon dismissed Turkish claims on Friday that it would receive the Adrian Darya, an Iranian tanker which has been bouncing around the Mediterranean amid US warnings over its valuable oil cargo.

Cradle of Syria's uprising turns into 'chaotic' south

Beirut - Bombings, gun violence and mysterious assassinations: In Syria's southern province of Daraa, an experiment to use surrendering rebels as regime proxies has seen the area descend into lawlessness.

Air strikes kill 16 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Beirut - Bombardment by the Syrian regime and ally Russia killed 16 civilians including seven children in the country's northwest Wednesday, a monitor said, as Damascus presses an offensive against the jihadist-run bastion Idlib.

Syria's Idlib clashes kill at least 60 fighters: monitor

Beirut - Clashes between anti-government fighters and regime forces killed more than 50 combattants on both sides in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, a war monitor said.

Lebanon 'forcibly deported' nearly 2,500 Syrian refugees: Amnesty

Beirut - Lebanon has "forcibly deported" nearly 2,500 Syrian refugees back to their war-torn homeland since May, Amnesty International said Tuesday, calling on authorities to end the expulsions.
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