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Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise

Riyadh - Syrian opposition figures met in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a bid to form an overhauled delegation to peace talks that analysts say may be more willing to compromise on key demands.

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise

Riyadh - Syrian opposition figures met in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in a bid to form an overhauled delegation to peace talks that analysts say may be more willing to compromise on key demands.

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 Hariri meets Sisi in Egypt ahead of return home

Cairo - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri briefly stopped Tuesday in Egypt for talks on his way back from France to his country, which is reeling from his surprise resignation amid an escalating regional crisis.

Saudi, Bahrain target Iran at Arab League meeting

Cairo - Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian "aggression", as Bahrain said the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement was "in total control" of Lebanon.

Lebanon under 'total control' of Hezbollah: Bahrain FM

Cairo - Bahrain's foreign minister said Sunday that Lebanon is under the "total control" of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, in a speech at an Arab League meeting called by Riyadh.

Arab League meets to discuss Iran 'violations'

Cairo - Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Sunday at Saudi Arabia's request for an extraordinary meeting to discuss alleged "violations" committed by Iran in the region.

Macron welcomes Lebanon's Hariri to Elysee Palace: AFP

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis.

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 lands in Paris

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived Saturday in France from Saudi Arabia, where his resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

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.

Hezbollah holding Lebanon hostage: Saudi FM

Madrid - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Friday accused Hezbollah, which Riyadh blames for the shock resignation of Lebanese premier Saad Hariri, of holding Lebanon hostage and using its banks to launder money.

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumours

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

Lebanon's Hariri set to leave Saudi Arabia for France

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on Friday preparing to leave Saudi Arabia for France, a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his shock resignation in Riyadh.

'Very disappointed' UN chief urges Saudis to lift Yemen blockade

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "very much disappointed" that the Saudi-led coalition is refusing to lift its blockade of Yemen and has written directly to Riyadh's representative, his spokesman said Thursday.

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.

Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran: defence chief

Jerusalem - Israel's military chief of staff said in an interview Thursday that his country was prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran's plans "to control the Middle East.

Lebanon minister warns turmoil could spark new refugee wave

Berlin - Lebanon's foreign minister warned Thursday that political turmoil in his country sparked by the crisis involving Saudi Arabia could impact Europe by creating new waves of refugees.

'Untold thousands' will die unless Saudis lift Yemen blockade: UN

Geneva - Thousands of civilians will die, including many children, unless a Saudi-led coalition fully lifts a blockade that has "choked off" aid supplies to Yemen, the heads of three UN agencies said Thursday.

Hariri to travel to France after Saudi says he's 'free to leave'

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will travel to France this weekend from Saudi Arabia, Paris said Thursday, after the kingdom rejected accusations he was detained in Riyadh following his shock resignation.

Lebanon's Hariri to travel to Paris: French FM

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to travel to Paris after Beirut accused Riyadh of detaining him following his shock resignation, the French foreign minister said Thursday.

Lebanon's 'detained' premier to travel to France

Riyadh - Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri will travel to France "in the coming days", a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation.

UN warns fuel running out for Yemen hospitals

New York - The United Nations warned Wednesday that fuel supplies needed to run Yemen's hospital generators and pump clean water will run out in less than three weeks unless the Saudi-led coalition lifts its blockade.

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.

Yemenis struggle with tears, shortages as blockade wears on

Sanaa - A toddler writhed in pain on a hospital bed in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, a tube running through her nose, her eyes swelled shut and lashes wet with tears.

Lebanon president says Saudi has 'detained' PM Hariri

Birut - Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of having "detained" Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation in a statement from the kingdom earlier this month.

Busy diplomat Macron gets stuck into Lebanon crisis

Paris - From global warming to Iran's nuclear deal, France's Emmanuel Macron has already intervened in a series of diplomatic quagmires -- and now finds himself pursuing an active role in Lebanon's crisis.

UN dismisses Saudi conditions to reopen Yemen port

Geneva - The United Nations on Tuesday dismissed a Saudi demand that tighter inspections be put in place at Yemen's rebel-held Hodeida port before a devastating blockade is lifted.

In Saudi visit, Lebanese patriarch backs PM Hariri over resignation

Riyadh - The head of Lebanon's Maronite church, in a historic visit to Saudi Arabia, voiced support Tuesday for prime minister Saad Hariri over his resignation, which tipped his country into crisis.

Saudi coalition refuses to re-open key Yemen port

New York - The Saudi-led coalition will take steps in the coming 24 hours to ease the blockade on Yemen -- but will not reopen a key rebel-held port to aid shipments unless tighter inspections are put in place, Saudi Arabia's UN ambassador said Monday.
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