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Jordan faces wave of dissent as government's troubles mount

Nov 26 2018

AMMAN When a flash flood swept a group of schoolchildren to their deaths in Jordan last month, a wave of public criticism pointed to wider discontent within the kingdom.

Lebanon closer to government as economic pressures loom

Oct 29 2018

BEIRUT Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri looked closer to forming a new national unity government as a major Christian party declared on Monday it would take part despite being offered an "unjust" share of cabinet seats.

Tale of two brothers reflects Syrian rebel unity and divisions

Oct 14 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

Sep 18 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

Sep 14 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

Aug 06 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

Aug 03 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon faces a political impasse three months after an election produced a parliament tilted in favor 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

Jul 30 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

Jul 27 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

Jul 20 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.

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