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Tale of two brothers reflects Syrian rebel unity and divisions

14 Oct 2018

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Brothers Abu Eliyas and Abu Yousef have fought at opposite ends of the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Idlib-Einigung sorgt für Erleichterung und Zweifel

18 Sep 2018

Beirut/Brüssel Die Einigung auf eine militärische Pufferzone in der syrischen Rebellenhochburg Idlib hat für Erleichterung gesorgt, aber auch Zweifel an ihren Erfolgschancen aufkommen lassen.

Turkey talking to all sides in Syria conflict for Idlib ceasefire

14 Sep 2018

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkey said on Friday it was talking to all parties in the Syrian conflict to prevent a government offensive on Idlib ahead of talks between Russian and Turkish leaders, who support rival sides in the looming battle for the rebel-held region.

Lebanese central bank says pound stable, urges fiscal reform

06 Aug 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon's pound is stable and the central bank has the means to defend its stability, central bank governor Riad Salameh said on Monday, urging fiscal reforms to reinforce monetary stability.

Lebanon hits political logjam after election

03 Aug 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon faces a political impasse three months after an election produced a parliament tilted in favour of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah, with no sign of compromises needed to form a unity government.

For buoyant Assad, Syrian war enters tricky phase

30 Jul 2018

BEIRUT President Bashar al-Assad's path to a final victory in the war in Syria is strewn with diplomatic landmines that will complicate his attempt to recover "every inch" of the country and may leave big areas out of his grasp indefinitely.

Syrian Kurdish-backed council holds talks in Damascus

27 Jul 2018

BEIRUT A senior Syrian Kurdish official is in Damascus this week for talks with Syrian government officials at the head of a delegation including members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an official said, their first declared visit to the capital.

Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

20 Jul 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday.

Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

20 Jul 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday.

Syria's Assad set to recover Golan frontier as surrender deal agreed-sources

19 Jul 2018

BEIRUT/AMMAN President Bashar al-Assad is set to recover control of the Syrian frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in a major victory over rebels who have agreed to surrender terms, sources on both sides said on Thursday.

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