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Angus McDowall

Mar 22 2017

Syrian rebels press major assault near Hama

BEIRUT Syrian rebels advanced to within a few kilometers of the government-held city of Hama on Wednesday in a major assault in the western region of Syria critically important to President Bashar al-Assad, a war monitor reported.

Mar 09 2017

Egypt reforms must focus on investment: World Bank

BEIRUT Egypt needs to implement economic reforms aimed at encouraging more private investment and moving away from subsidies toward targeted transfers for the poor, a senior World Bank official said on Wednesday.

Feb 24 2017

Islamic State car bomb kills more than 50 in northwest Syria

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL An Islamic State car bomb killed more than 50 people on Friday in a Syrian village held by rebels, a war monitor said, a day after the jihadist group was driven from its last stronghold in the area. | Video

Feb 17 2017

Harsh Hezbollah words aim to draw 'red lines' for Trump: source

BEIRUT The Hezbollah leader's harsh words for Israel and U.S. President Donald Trump this week were aimed at drawing "red lines" to prevent any threatening action against Lebanon or the group, a source familiar with the group's thinking said on Friday.

Feb 17 2017

Turkey says almost taken Syria's Bab, war monitor cites heavy toll

ANKARA/BEIRUT Turkey's military said on Friday it was close to taking Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State, but a war monitor said the jihadists still controlled 90 percent of the town itself and that shelling and air strikes had killed dozens of civilians in recent days.

Feb 16 2017

Displaced people of Syria's "beehive" villages dream of return

ALEPPO, Syria The sculpted mud domes of the villages southeast of Aleppo are collapsing from war damage and neglect after years on the front line between Syria's army and Islamic State militants, their inhabitants long since gone.

Feb 13 2017

In the rubble, Aleppo's citizens work to save battered heritage

ALEPPO, Syria In the rubble-strewn square outside Aleppo's ancient citadel and under the scorched vaults of its covered souk, workmen are starting to mend the destruction of a war that has shattered the Syrian city's priceless historical heritage.

Feb 10 2017

Syria's Aleppo takes first tiny steps toward recovery

ALEPPO, Syria In the ruins of the Sabbagh textile factory in Aleppo's Belleramoun Industrial Zone, one wall smashed open by shellfire, a Belgian-made weaving machine stands idle while a family carefully strips the office of wood paneling for fuel.

Feb 10 2017

Syria's Aleppo takes first tiny steps towards recovery

ALEPPO, Syria In the ruins of the Sabbagh textile factory in Aleppo's Belleramoun Industrial Zone, one wall smashed open by shellfire, a Belgian-made weaving machine stands idle while a family carefully strips the office of wood panelling for fuel.

Feb 08 2017

Family's return to rebuild Aleppo street points to Syria's future

ALEPPO, Syria The Batash family are working with their bare hands to clear debris from Aleppo's al-Mouassassi Street, rebuilding their wrecked neighborhood after years of fighting that came to an end in December.

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