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German firms unveil lavish post-blast Beirut port plan

Beirut - A German delegation on Friday unveiled a spectacular multi-billion-dollar project to rebuild Beirut port and its surroundings but admitted it was contingent on far-reaching government reforms.

Syria Kurds launch security sweep, arrests in camp for IS families

Beirut - Kurdish forces made dozens of arrests in a security operation launched Sunday in a camp for suspected family members of Islamic State group militants in northeast Syria, a war monitor and Kurdish officials said.

Syria Kurds launch security sweep, arrests in camp for IS families

Beirut - Kurdish forces made dozens of arrests in a security operation launched Sunday in a camp for suspected family members of Islamic State group militants in northeast Syria, a war monitor and Kurdish officials said.

With Lebanon in freefall, what comes next?

Beirut - Lebanon's worst economic downturn in decades has pushed a battered population to the brink with no solution in sight as the country's barons wrangle over forming a new government.

Syria's Assad set for election win 10 years after start of war

- A decade of war may have ravaged his country, but Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has clung to power and looks determined to cement his position in presidential elections this year.

Activists in race to save digital trace of Syria war

Beirut - From videos of deadly air strikes to jihadist takeovers, Al-Mutez Billah's YouTube page served as a digital archive of the Syrian war until automated takedown software in 2017 erased it permanently.

Syria's Idlib: What future for the rebel holdout?

Beirut - Ten years into Syria's war, a large patch of territory in the country's northwest controlled by jihadists and allied rebels is still holding out against the Damascus regime.

10 years on, no peace after war in Syria

Beirut - After a decade of unfathomable violence and human tragedy that has made Syria the defining war of the early 21st century, the fighting has tapered off but the suffering hasn't.

Lebanese dread end to subsidies as economic crisis bites

Beirut - To feed her family, Lebanese mother Sandra al-Tawil sold her fridge and washing machine. Now she fears the cash-strapped state will scrap food subsidies, plunging them deeper into poverty.

US strikes Iran-backed militias in Syria in Biden first

Beirut - The US military has struck Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria, killing at least 22 fighters according to a war monitor, in what the Pentagon said was a message from the new administration after recent rocket attacks targeting US troops in Iraq.

Beirut was 'lucky', says German firm clearing blast-hit port

Beirut - After a blast of historic proportions at Beirut's port last year, Lebanon only escaped a second chemical inferno by chance, the German company clearing the dockside has said.

Mid-pandemic, Lebanon medicine shortages sow panic

Beirut - With Lebanon's economy in a tailspin and the coronavirus pandemic wreaking chaos, panic-buying has gripped pharmacies, creating shortages and a flourishing black market.

What's fuelling Lebanon's lockdown protests?

Beirut - More than 400 people have been wounded in northern Lebanon this week in clashes between security forces and protesters angered by a coronavirus lockdown they say is starving them.

Lebanon lockdown protestors target Tripoli's political barons

Tripoli - Angry crowds gathered outside the Tripoli homes of some of Lebanon's top politicians on Thursday, torching rubbish and smashing surveillance cameras as rage grows over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dozens injured in lockdown protests in Lebanon's Tripoli: Red Cross

Beirut - Overnight clashes in northern Lebanon between security forces and demonstrators angered by a coronavirus lockdown injured at least 45 people, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday.

In locked-down Lebanon, many fear poverty more than virus

Tripoli - Lebanon may be under a strict pandemic lockdown to stem raging coronavirus rates, but father-of-six Omar Qarhani is still working, desperate to support his family.

40 killed in deadliest Israeli strikes on Syria since 2018: monitor

Beirut - Israeli night raids targeting arms depots and military positions in eastern Syria killed at least nine Syrian soldiers and 31 allied fighters, in the deadliest raids since 2018, a war monitor said Wednesday.

Israeli strikes on Syria kill 23: monitor

Beirut - Israeli night raids targeting arms depots and military positions in eastern Syria killed at least seven Syrian soldiers and 16 allied fighters, in the deadliest raids this year, a war monitor said Wednesday.

Syria's regime auctions off land of the displaced

Beirut - Many Syrians forced from their homes by their country's brutal, decade-old war are now shocked to discover that their family farms have been taken over by regime loyalists and cronies.

'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

Beirut - Lebanese comedians are bringing relief and defying taboos with jokes about dating, partying during the pandemic -- and how even drug dealers are considering leaving the crisis-hit country.
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