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Syria's Assad struggles to reap spoils after military gains

Mar 14 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

Feb 12 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.

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

Feb 06 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

Feb 01 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.

Lebanon agrees new government, PM vows bold reforms

Jan 31 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon formed a new national unity government on Thursday, ending nine months of wrangling, and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said bold moves were needed without delay to address chronic problems facing the heavily indebted state.

U.S.-backed Syrian force: Islamic State in its 'final moments'

Jan 13 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria/BEIRUT Islamic State militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking them, an SDF official said on Sunday.

Lebanon preparing public debt reform plan, assures on Eurobonds: finance minister

Jan 10 2019

BEIRUT Lebanon is studying ways to manage its public debt and its structure as part of plans for public finance reform, the finance minister told Reuters on Thursday, after he was cited saying the plan included restructuring of public debt.

Syria's Kurds reel from U.S. move, Assad seen planning next step

Dec 20 2018

BEIRUT Kurds, among the biggest winners of Syria's war, stand to lose most from a U.S. decision to withdraw forces who have helped them battle Islamic State militants and deter their adversaries Ankara and Damascus.

Lebanon set to get new national unity government in days: politicians

Dec 18 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon is on track to form a new national unity government in the next few days, politicians said on Tuesday, raising hopes for an end to more than seven months of wrangling that has darkened the outlook for its struggling economy.

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.

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