Tens of thousands rally in Indonesia in support of Palestine

:: Tens of thousands of Indonesians protested Sunday against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the latest show of support for the Palestinians in the country with the world’s More »

Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

 

Tag Archives: BEIRUT

US-led air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria

:: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by ISIS in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. “At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday

Russian strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria’s Deir Ezzor

:: Russian air strikes on Sunday morning killed at least 53 civilians, including 21 children, in a village held by ISIS in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said in a new toll. “The toll increased after removing the

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians

:: At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said. Ten of the victims were killed by air strikes and another four

Further details surface linking Iran to Hariri assassination attempt

:: Western sources confirmed that attempts to disrupt the convoy of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut happened before the announcement of his resignation. The sources said that the jamming was caused by specialized devices to disable and distort

Anger in Lebanon over ‘arrogant’ Iranian president

Saad Al-Hariri

:: Lebanese politicians accused the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of arrogance on Tuesday after he claimed dominance over the region. “No decisive actions can be taken in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, North Africa and the Gulf region without Iran’s consent,” Rouhani

Deadly air strike hits Syrian govt-held Deir al-Zor

:: An air raid in the government-held Qusur district of Deir al-Zor city in eastern Syria killed more than a dozen people, Syrian state television and a war monitor said on Monday. State television said jets from a US-led international

Beirut play about Syrian war gets as close to home as it can

:: A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut on Friday, the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian director said. “It would be impossible to perform it

Lebanon: 16-year-old murders father and two more in Beirut

:: A shocking new crime is shaking the center of Beirut, shedding light on weapons that are taking onto the streets of Lebanon, local news station MTV reported. A 16-year-old, Mohammad Younis, shot and killed his father, the building’s doorman

US-backed SDF to let Syrian ISIS fighters leave Raqqa

:: Syrian ISIS fighters are set to abandon Raqqa in a withdrawal agreed with US-backed Syrian militias that have them surrounded, a militia spokesman said on Saturday, as the extremist’ defeat in their former Syrian capital edged closer. Officials gave

Turkish forces set up positions in Syria’s Idlib

:: Turkey’s military has begun setting up observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib province, its General Staff said on Friday, part of a deployment that appears partly aimed at containing a Kurdish militia. Turkey sent a convoy of about 30

Syrian rebels hand border crossing to opposition government

:: A rebel group in northern Syria handed control of a major border crossing to a Turkey-backed Syrian opposition government on Tuesday, a senior rebel official said. By handing over the Bab Salama crossing at the Turkish border, the Jabha

Monitor: Russian strikes kill 14 civilians in eastern Syria

:: Russian air strikes killed 14 civilians as they were crossing the Euphrates river near the militant-held town of Mayadeen in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. “They were crossing the river on makeshift rafts

3,000 killed in Syria in deadliest month of 2017

:: Syria’s war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Sunday, in the deadliest month of the conflict this year. “More than 70 percent of the civilians were

Report: Syrian army, allies seize more of Jordanian frontier

:: The Syrian army and its allies seized control of nine positions at Syria’s border with Jordan, expanding their control at the southern frontier, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah said on Saturday. The captured border

Lebanon civil servants on strike amid wage hike crisis

:: Lebanon’s civil servants are on strike to pressure the government to pay them recently approved wage hikes amid a new crisis over how to finance them. The Cabinet is meeting on Tuesday to discuss new ways to finance the

Lebanese Cabinet to look at ways to fund public sector pay rise

Saad Al-Harirs

:: Lebanon experienced a nationwide strike involving all public sector institutions as well as both public and private schools on Monday, with those on strike demanding a public sector pay rise. A new salary scale was approved by Parliament only

US-backed SDF captures major Syria gas fields

:: US-backed Syrian fighters captured on Saturday the country’s largest gas field — a pre-war gas treatment facility — from the Daesh militant group in an eastern province of Deir Ezzor that borders Iraq as they race with government forces

Lebanon takes steps toward long overdue elections

:: The speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, put forward an urgent draft law on Monday to end Parliament’s term on Dec. 31 this year, instead of May 2018. That would mean parliamentary elections — set to be held

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