Category Archives: BEIRUT

Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions

Lebanon’s health minister, who was appointed by the country’s Hezbollah group, says he has “overcome” U.S. concerns that his ministry’s funds could go to the militant group by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency. Continue reading

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US in new push to resolve Israel-Lebanon sea border dispute

A senior U.S. official who has been mediating the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon has met with Lebanese officials for a second day, signaling a new push to resolve the matter. Continue reading

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US official in Beirut to discuss border dispute with Israel

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has received a U.S. official as Washington mediates a maritime border dispute with Israel. Continue reading

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UN calls for probe into allegations of torture in Lebanon

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for “a thorough, effective and independent investigation” into the death of a Lebanese man who was allegedly tortured by police intelligence. Continue reading

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Syrian troops capture 2 villages in last rebel stronghold

Syrian pro-government media say their troops have captured two villages and a nearby hill in the last rebel stronghold in the country’s northwest — Idlib province. Continue reading

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Boat with 8 Syrians capsizes off Lebanese coast; 5 missing

Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency says a fishing boat that was illegally carrying eight Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has capsized. Continue reading

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Lebanon’s former Maronite Christian patriarch Sfeir dies

Lebanon’s Maronite Christian church says its former patriarch, Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, has died after several days in hospital. Continue reading

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Syrian troops expand offensive despite calls for calm

Syria activists and media say government forces are expanding their ground offensive in northwestern Syria, pushing into the last rebel stronghold despite calls for honoring a cease-fire put in place in September. Continue reading

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Australian-Lebanese ordered released in Sydney bomb plot

The lawyer of an Australian-Lebanese dual citizen on trial for an alleged plot to bring down a passenger plane says her client has been ordered released on bail by a Lebanese military court. Continue reading

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The Latest: Turkey says Syrian troops violate cease-fire

The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is accusing the Syrian government of trying to expand its field of control in Idlib province in violation of a Russian-Turkish cease-fire brokered las… Continue reading

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Protests return to Lebanon as government discusses austerity

Dozens of Lebanese military and security veterans are protesting for the second time in two weeks against proposed cuts to their pensions and benefits, as the government discusses a budget bill that aims to cut public spending and usher in austerity me… Continue reading

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Syrian rebels try to retake village from government troops

Syrian activists and state media say rebel groups are fighting back, trying to retake territory lost to government forces this week in their stronghold in the country’s northwest. Continue reading

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Syrian troops capture northwestern village from rebels

Syrian activists say government troops have captured a northwestern village known for its medieval fortress as they move deeper toward Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold. Continue reading

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Anti-Kurdish protests in east Syria could endanger US plans

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces defeated the Islamic State group in Syria in March, but the Kurdish-led force is now facing protests by local Arab tribesmen in eastern Deir el-Zour province — territory once held by IS. Continue reading

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Syrian ground troops push into rebel enclave

Syrian pro-government media say troops have pushed their way into a rebel-held enclave in the northwest, clashing with insurgents and widening an offensive that until now had mainly involved aerial bombings and shelling. Continue reading

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Airstrikes in rebel-held northwestern Syria kill 4

Opposition activists say government forces have intensified their bombardment of rebel-held towns and villages in northwestern Syria, striking a market where four people were killed. Continue reading

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Lebanon’s Central Bank workers suspends strike for 3 days

Employees at the Central Bank of Lebanon have suspended their open-ended strike for three days, saying they hope their wages and benefits will not be cut. Continue reading

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Syrian troops advance against insurgents in northwest

Syrian pro-government media say troops have captured a village and a strategic hill from insurgents in the country’s northwest. Continue reading

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Deadly escalation in northwest Syria threatens truce

Syrian government forces have kept up an escalation against the last rebel-held enclave in northwestern Syria with a wave of airstrikes that killed several people Friday, activists and state media reported. Continue reading

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Lebanon calls on Iran to release citizen who is US resident

Lebanon is calling on Iran to use the upcoming holy month of Ramadan to grant amnesty to a Lebanese citizen who is also a U.S. resident imprisoned there for more than three years. Continue reading

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