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Angus McDowall

Lebanon's new government to agree to economic reforms: Finance Minister

Feb 05 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's new government will agree to implement all the economic reforms the country promised at an international donor meeting last year, its finance minister said on Tuesday after talks to set policy.

World Bank urges new Lebanese government to reform power sector

Feb 01 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon's new government should prioritize electricity reform after having spent months wrangling over the cabinet make-up, World Bank and U.N. officials said on Friday, seeking to address daily blackouts and massive costs to the state.

Israel strikes in Syria in more open assault on Iran

Jan 21 2019

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM Israel struck in Syria early on Monday, the latest salvo in its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action. | Video

Divisions overshadow Lebanon's Arab summit as few leaders come to Beirut

Jan 18 2019

BEIRUT Divisions among Arab states over Syria, and internal Lebanese disputes, have overshadowed a summit to be held in Beirut this weekend, with several leaders who had planned to come now staying away.

Blast claimed by Islamic State kills U.S. troops in Syria

Jan 16 2019

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed two U.S. troops and two civilians working for the U.S. military in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all American forces. | Video

Stay or go? Syrian refugees face a life-changing choice

Dec 11 2018

BEIRUT As the bus pulled out of a Beirut car park heading for Damascus, Ahmed Sheikh waved from the window, excited, he said, to be returning home to Syria after years as a refugee in Lebanon. | Video

Car plant shows limits to Iran's economic ambitions in Syria

Nov 14 2018

HASSIA, Syria/GENEVA At an Iranian government-owned car plant near Homs, the small number of vehicles on the assembly line underscores the obstacles hobbling Tehran's economic ambitions in Syria.

Easier movement in Assad's Syria brings some economic reward

Sep 27 2018

DAMASCUS Mohammed Abu al-Khair sends 25 buses a day from the Syrian capital Damascus to Aleppo, an eight-hour trip that until recently took up to two days.

Syrian trade fair shows road to recovery still strewn with debris of war

Sep 07 2018

DAMASCUS Syria's government is showcasing its ambitions for economic recovery and engagement with foreign business at a trade fair, but glimpses of devastated districts nearby show how far off full-scale reconstruction remains.

Shells hit Syria's Idlib as rebels brace for assault

Sep 05 2018

BEIRUT The Syrian military shelled the last stronghold of active rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday as a war monitor said insurgents blew up another bridge in anticipation of a government offensive.

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