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UPDATE 1-Lebanese banks should play role in reducing deficit -finance minister

18 Apr 2019

* Finance minister signals moves to cut public-sector wage bill

Exclusive: Lebanese draft budget reduces deficit to below 9 pct of GDP-finance minister

17 Apr 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's draft budget for 2019 projects a deficit of less than 9 percent of GDP compared to 11.2 percent in 2018 and includes "wide reductions" in spending based on the need for "exceptional austerity measures", the finance minister said on Wednesday.

Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism

22 Mar 2019

BEIRUT The Syrian government vowed to take back the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as its allies and enemies alike condemned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for moving to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war. | Video

Trump entfacht im Nahost-Konflikt neuen Streit um Golanhöhen

22 Mar 2019

Beirut US-Präsident Donald Trump hat mit einer weiteren Kehrtwende in der Nahost-Politik den Streit zwischen Israel und Syrien um die Golanhöhen neu entfacht. Trump überraschte mit seinem Vorstoß, die USA sollten die Souveränität Israels über das 1967 eroberte und später annektierte Gebiet anerkennen. Syrien protestierte und kündigte an, nun noch entschlossener und mit allen Mitteln um die Golanhöhen zu kämpfen. Scharfe Kritik an Trumps Vorhaben kam zudem nicht nur von Syriens Verbündeten Russland und Iran, sondern auch aus der Türkei. "Die unglückliche Äußerung von US-Präsident Trump gestern hat die Region an den Rand einer neuen Krise gebracht", sagte Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan am Freitag. Die EU, Deutschland und Frankreich lehnten eine Anerkennung der Golanhöhen als israelisches Gebiet ab.

Trump entfacht im Nahost-Konflikt neuen Streit um Golanhöhen

22 Mar 2019

Beirut US-Präsident Donald Trump hat mit einer weiteren Kehrtwende in der Nahost-Politik den Streit zwischen Israel und Syrien um die Golanhöhen neu entfacht.

Syria's Assad struggles to reap spoils after military gains

14 Mar 2019

BEIRUT Eight years since Syria began its descent into war, many of President Bashar al-Assad's enemies have been defeated and the bulk of the country is back under his control. But he isn't celebrating.

Lebanon's Hezbollah urges talks with banks to reduce debt servicing

12 Feb 2019

BEIRUT The powerful Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah on Tuesday urged the new government to launch talks with banks to bring down the cost of servicing the state's massive public debt, setting out its view on the major problem in unusually clear terms.

Lebanon's Hezbollah urges talks with banks to reduce debt servicing

12 Feb 2019

BEIRUT, Feb 12 The powerful Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah on Tuesday urged the new government to launch talks with banks to bring down the cost of servicing the state's massive public debt, setting out its view on the major problem in unusually clear terms.

Exclusive: Heavily indebted Lebanon promises quick reforms - draft policy statement

06 Feb 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon is committed to launching fast and effective reforms that could be "difficult and painful" to avoid a worsening of economic, financial and social conditions, according to a draft government policy statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Building on Syria war gains, Hezbollah scores political win

01 Feb 2019

BEIRUT Hezbollah's bigger role in Lebanon's new unity government points to a growing appetite to shape state affairs and builds on unprecedented military clout the group is wielding after helping turn the tide in Syria's war.

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Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris

Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence.