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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.

UPDATE 4-Lebanese cabinet finalises draft budget to cut deficit, hopes to avert crisis

24 May 2019

* "We are still sceptical" - fund manager (Adds time of final budget meeting)

U.S. calls for ceasefire as more heavy fighting hits northwest Syria

22 May 2019

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States on Wednesday called for a new ceasefire in Syria as rival forces clashed in the country's northwest, where the government is waging an offensive on the last big stretch of rebel-held territory.

UPDATE 5-Lebanon cabinet set to complete 2019 draft budget

21 May 2019

* Markets will welcome efforts to slash deficit - analyst (Releads with information minister, adds finance minister quote and context)

No turning back - Syrian Kurds reshape region with books and schools

07 May 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria When Eyub Mohamad was a boy, security forces beat his father into paralysis. His offence was typing leaflets in Kurdish, banned under Syria's ruling Baath party. | Video

Lebanon president urges 2019 budget deal as veterans protest

30 Apr 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's president called on Tuesday for approval of the 2019 draft budget by the end of May in order to launch long-stalled economic reforms, though military veterans fearing pension cuts took to the streets.

Lebanese textiles factory shuts its doors in dire economy

10 Apr 2019

BEIRUT The Mzannar family's 300-year-old textile business survived Lebanon's civil war by making uniforms for militiamen. But its business savvy was no match for years of economic malaise that followed and it has now shut its factory.

Hundreds surrender in last Islamic State enclave as SDF advance

15 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground in their last shred of territory. | Video

Islamic State counter-attacks out of final Syria enclave fall short - U.S.-backed SDF

13 Mar 2019

BAGHOUZ, Syria Islamic State launched two counter-attacks on U.S.-backed fighters besieging their final shred of territory in eastern Syria on Wednesday but were beaten back without any progress, the Syrian Democratic Forces said.

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