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Syrian army takes towns in northwest that rebels held for years

6:01pm BST

BEIRUT Syrian troops on Friday reclaimed a cluster of towns they had lost early in the eight-year-old war, pressing their offensive in the northwest, the country's last big rebel stronghold.

Syrian army opens corridor for people to leave rebel bastion - state media

22 Aug 2019

BEIRUT Syrian government forces opened a corridor on Thursday for people who want to leave insurgent territory in northwest Syria, where an army offensive has gained ground.

INTERVIEW-Lebanon sees high chances of offshore discovery, reforms on track-minister

21 Aug 2019

* Energy ministry is a focal point of government reform efforts

Turkey says air strike hit Syria convoy, killed three

20 Aug 2019

BEIRUT/ANKARA Turkey said an air strike on a Turkish military convoy in northwest Syria killed three civilians and wounded 12 on Monday as Syrian troops advanced against rebels inside a key town.

Back on the map: Lebanon hopes for best tourist season in years

11 Jul 2019

BEIRUT Ibrahim Zeeb is visiting Lebanon for the first time in years and says it's the food he has missed most.

Lebanon PM - U.S. sanctions won't affect government

10 Jul 2019

BEIRUT Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions targeting Hezbollah MPs moved in a "new direction" from existing measures, but would not affect government work.

Syrians, facing orders to demolish homes, fear fate in Lebanon

07 Jul 2019

ARSAL, Lebanon Dima al-Kanj's house is now a pile of rubble and twisted metal.

UPDATE 2-Lebanon c.bank backs debt servicing cost cuts plan; no deal yet

25 Jun 2019

BEIRUT, June 25 Lebanon's central bank governor backs government efforts to cut public debt servicing costs in the 2019 budget, but an agreement has yet to be reached on how that will be done, he said on Tuesday.

Syrian Kurdish authorities to stop wheat going to government territory

12 Jun 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria/BEIRUT Kurdish-led authorities holding Syria's breadbasket region will ban wheat from entering government territory in a bid to boost reserves, a Kurdish official told Reuters.

Lebanese IT specialist Zakka released by Iran

11 Jun 2019

BEIRUT A Lebanese businessman detained in Tehran for more than four years on charges of collaborating against Iran arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after his government secured his release.

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