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Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

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PARIS - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighbouring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

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Exclusive - Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop 20 Dec 2014

AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

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Exclusive - Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop 19 Dec 2014

AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

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One million people wounded, diseases spreading in Syria - WHO 19 Dec 2014

BEIRUT - One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organisation's Syria representative said.

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U.N. appeals for $8.4 billion for humanitarian relief to Syrians 18 Dec 2014

BERLIN - The United Nations launched its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria on Thursday, seeking $8.4 billion (5.36 billion pounds) after only securing about half the funding it asked for in 2014.

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U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations 18 Dec 2014

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion (5.37 billion pounds) to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wracked by civil war, and across the region in 2015.

Exclusive - As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by US allies plunge 17 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON/DUBAI - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.

Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria - monitoring group 17 Dec 2014

BEIRUT - More than 230 bodies of people believed killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province, activists said on Wednesday.

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Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters killed in Syria conflict - monitoring group 17 Dec 2014

BEIRUT - More than 120,000 fighters supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the country's civil war since it began in 2011, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.

U.N. Security Council renews cross-border Syria aid authorization 17 Dec 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday renewed for 12 months its authorization for humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas of Syria at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.

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