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American University of Beirut settles US lawsuit over Hezbollah media training

A Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided “material support” to entities linked to Hezbollah, US officials said. The American University of Beirut confirmed in a statement Friday it was settling the lawsuit,

Russians bombing Syrian rebels near Hama

Russian warplanes are taking part in air strikes against insurgents to help repel a major attack on Syrian government-held areas near the city of Hama, a Syrian military source said on Friday. Rebel groups spearheaded by extremist insurgents launched the

Syrian rebels press major assault near Hama

Syrian rebels advanced to within a few kilometers of the government-held city of Hama on Wednesday in a major assault in the western region of Syria critically important to President Bashar al-Assad, a war monitor reported. The offensive, spearheaded by

US-led coalition air-drops forces in Raqqa province

The US-led coalition has air-dropped US and allied Syrian forces near Tabqa in Raqqa province, expanding a campaign by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militias against ISIS, the SDF said on Wednesday. The operation aims both to capture the al-Tabqa

Syrian rebels launch attack on government positions near Hama

Syrian rebels including a powerful alliance of militant groups said they launched a new offensive near the city of Hama in the central part of western Syria on Tuesday. The rebels attacked government positions in the town of Soran and

Lebanese diva Nicole Saba accuses Turkish singer of plagiarism

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Lebanese singer Nicole Saba has many fans across the Arab world. This was evident when it was revealed that a famous Turkish singer had plagiarized Saba’s song, reported news portal Bitajarod. Turkish

Hundreds of Lebanese protest proposed tax hikes as PM pelted with water bottles

Demonstrators in central Beirut hurled empty water bottles at Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Sunday when he tried to calm hundreds of people protesting against proposed tax hikes. Carrying placards and banners, around 2,000 people flooded Riad al-Solh square

Hezbollah says UN “weak” after critical Israel report pulled

The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement denounced the United Nations on Saturday as weak after the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians. A senior UN official resigned on Friday after the secretary-general

Senior UN official quits after “apartheid” Israel report pulled

A senior UN official resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians, saying “powerful member states” pressured the world body and its chief with “vicious attacks and threats.” United Nations

Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in early April

The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said a US-backed assault to drive ISIS from its de-facto capital Raqqa would begin at the start of April and the YPG would be taking part, despite fierce opposition from neighboring Turkey.

Lebanon charges 18 with transferring $19 million to ISIS

A Lebanese military court on Friday charged 18 people, most of them Syrians, with transferring more than $19 million from Lebanon to the ISIS, a judicial source said. Fifteen Syrians, one Palestinian and two others were accused of “belonging to

UN chief wants report on ‘apartheid’ Israel taken off web

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the UN regional commission that represents most Arab countries to remove from its website a report accusing Israel of practicing an “apartheid regime” against Palestinians, a UN official said on Friday. The report

At least 42 dead in Russian raids on Aleppo mosque

At least 42 people were killed and dozens more wounded on Thursday in air raids on a village mosque in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The raids by unidentified warplanes targeted a mosque in Aleppo

Lebanese businessman wanted by US for financing Hezbollah detained in Morocco

A lawyer for a Lebanese businessman that the US says has provided millions of dollars to the Hezbollah group says his client has been arrested by Moroccan authorities. The lawyer for Kassim Tajeddine says he was arrested in Casablanca on

Suicide bomber strikes Damascus justice building, killing 30

At least 25 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a court house in Damascus on Wednesday, state media reported, the second bomb attack in the Syrian capital in five days. The attack targeted the Palace of Justice

UN report: Israel imposes ‘apartheid regime’ on Palestinians

A UN agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge. The report commissioned

Syria rebels will not attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebel factions will not attend a new round of negotiations with government figures in the Kazakh capital, an opposition delegation spokesman told AFP on Monday. “Rebel groups have decided not to participate in Astana,” said Osama Abu Zeid, saying

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham claims responsibility for deadly Damascus bombings

Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front on Sunday said in a statement it was behind twin bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims in the center of Damascus that killed 74 people. “On Saturday… a twin attack was carried out by two

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