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Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

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PARIS - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighboring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

World, 20 Dec 2014

Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

World, 19 Dec 2014

One million people wounded, diseases spreading in Syria: WHO

BEIRUT - One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organization's Syria representative said.

World, United Nations, Health, 19 Dec 2014

U.N. appeals for $8.4 billion for humanitarian relief to Syrians

BERLIN - The United Nations launched its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria on Thursday, seeking $8.4 billion after only securing about half the funding it asked for in 2014.

World, United Nations, 18 Dec 2014

U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015.

World, United Nations, 18 Dec 2014

Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge

WASHINGTON/DUBAI - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.

World 17 Dec 2014

Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters killed in Syria conflict: monitoring group

BEIRUT - More than 120,000 fighters supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the country's civil war since it began in 2011, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, 17 Dec 2014

Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria: monitoring group

BEIRUT - More than 230 bodies of people believed killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province, activists said on Wednesday.

World, 17 Dec 2014

U.N. Security Council renews cross-border Syria aid authorization

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday renewed for 12 months its authorization for humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas of Syria at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.

World, Jordan, United Nations, 17 Dec 2014

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