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In 'unprecedented' hiatus, IS media offline for a day

Birut - The Islamic State group's online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an "unprecedented" silence.

Lebanon's Hariri gets hero's welcome

Birut - After nearly three weeks of an absence cloaked in rumour and mystery, a crowd of ecstatic supporters welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri like a prodigal son on Wednesday.

Lebanon's Hariri tells supporters 'I'm staying with you'

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, back in Beirut after a mysterious odyssey that saw him announce his resignation in Saudi Arabia, told cheering supporters on Wednesday that he was staying."I'm staying with you...

Foreigners held or missing in Syria

Birut - The capture by Iraqi and Syrian forces of the Islamic State group's last bastions failed to clarify the fate of several foreign hostages thought to have been kidnapped by jihadists.

Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in Lebanon

Birut - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks, providing a potential way out of a political crisis that has rocked the country.

Lebanon's PM Hariri to return, but what next?

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose resignation from Saudi Arabia earlier this month caused widespread consternation, is set to return to Beirut this week as part of a deal brokered by France.

Anti-IS coalition strikes drop to lowest number

Birut - Air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have dropped significantly, a spokesman said Tuesday, as the war against the jihadists winds down.

Chief of mainstream Syria opposition group resigns

Birut - The head of Syria's umbrella opposition movement announced his resignation Monday, two days before a key conference aimed at forming a new delegation to upcoming peace talks in Geneva.

Hezbollah denies sending arms to regional conflicts

Birut - The head of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah on Monday flatly denied Arab accusations his group had sent weapons to conflict-ridden regional countries, while celebrating his fighters' military wins abroad.

Hezbollah says ready to pull forces from Iraq after IS defeat

Birut - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday he was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after the Islamic State group lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country.

Arab League chief says Lebanon should be 'spared'

Birut - Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Monday Lebanon should be "spared" from spiralling regional tensions, during a visit to Beirut a day after Arab diplomats condemned Lebanese movement Hezbollah.

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians: monitor

Birut - At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said.

Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitor

Birut - Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.

Hariri will be in Lebanon for Independence Day on Wednesday: president

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who has not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation two weeks ago, will be home for Independence Day on Wednesday, the president's office said.

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France: Lebanese TV

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday left Saudi Arabia for France, a television channel owned by his family said, two weeks after his shock resignation.

IS attack kills 26 displaced people in Syria: monitor

Birut - A car bombing blamed on the Islamic State group killed at least 26 displaced people in eastern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Hariri Paris trip is 'start of solution': Lebanon president

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to accept an invitation to Paris is the "start of a solution" to the crisis sparked by his resignation in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon's president said Thursday.

Syria army renews assault on last IS-held town: monitor

Birut - The Syrian army on Thursday entered Albu Kamal, the last town in the country held by the Islamic State group, several days after the jihadists recaptured it, a monitor said.

Pressure mounts for 'detained' Lebanon PM to return from Riyadh

Birut - Pressure in Lebanon and abroad mounted on Wednesday for premier Saad Hariri to return to Beirut from Saudi Arabia, where he has stayed since his surprise resignation earlier this month.

Love him or hate him, Lebanese want PM Hariri home

Birut - Lebanon's divided politicians rarely agree on anything, but they have fleetingly united in calling for resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return home, even if their motivations vary vastly.
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