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Nov 6, 2015

Syrian rebels seize town in west in blow to government

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Insurgents captured a town on a major highway in western Syria on Thursday, in a blow to the Russian-backed campaign against them, rebels and a monitoring group said.

Moscow’s intervention in the war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, ostensibly to fight Islamic State, has mostly hit other insurgents including more moderate groups, according to the U.S. State Department.

Nov 5, 2015

Syrian rebels capture town in west, rebels and monitor say

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian insurgents captured a town on a major highway in the west of the country on Thursday after heavy fighting with pro-government militias, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The town of Morek is located north of Hama city on a major highway that is crucial to control of western Syria, where the Syrian army backed by allied militia and Russian air strikes has been attempting to wrest back territory from rebels.

Nov 3, 2015

Lebanon’s central bank says political deadlock hurting economy

BEIRUT, Nov 3 (Reuters) – It is essential that Lebanon’s
parliament meets soon to pass laws for development loans, debt
issuance and banks, the central bank governor said on Tuesday,
urging politicians to break political deadlock harming the
economy.

Lebanon is expected to record zero growth in 2015 and the
central bank currently has no intention to change interest
rates, Governor Riad Salameh told the Reuters Middle East
Investment Summit in an interview.

Oct 30, 2015

Iran backs six-month Syria ‘transition’ at Vienna peace talks

VIENNA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran signaled on Friday it backed a six-month transition period in Syria followed by elections to decide Bashar al-Assad’s fate, a proposal floated at peace talks as a concession but which the president’s foes rejected as a trick to keep him in power.

Sources who described the Iranian proposal said it amounted to Assad’s closest ally dropping its insistence on him remaining in office.

Oct 27, 2015

Syrian presidency says seeks end to terrorism before initiatives

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian presidency said on Tuesday political initiatives could not work in Syria before terrorism had been wiped out, sticking by its long-held position on how to end its war with insurgents after its Russian allies called for new elections.

In a statement, the presidency said it was clarifying reports that President Bashar al-Assad had told a Russian delegation on Sunday he would be ready to hold early parliamentary and presidential elections called for by Moscow.

Oct 26, 2015

No light at end of tunnel for Lebanon’s power crisis

BEIRUT, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Four decades ago, Lebanon used to
export power to its larger neighbour Syria. Now it barely
generates enough electricity to keep street lamps on at night.

The situation is so bad that even people fleeing the
conflict in Syria have been heard to complain.

Oct 10, 2015

Russia steps up air strikes against Assad opponents in Syria

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.

Russia, a top ally of President Bashar al-Assad, started bombing in Syria on Sept. 30 saying it was targeting Islamic State and other opposition groups, a campaign that has drawn Moscow deeper into Syria’s more than four-year-old conflict.

Oct 9, 2015

Syria extends offensive to retake territory in west

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended an offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country.

The assault focussed on western areas where rebel advances earlier this year had threatened the coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad’s support base.

Oct 8, 2015

Beirut protest turns violent, politicians postpone talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canon to break up an anti-government protest in Beirut on Thursday, and the country’s fractious leaders postponed talks aimed at resolving a political crisis that is feeding public discontent.

Anger at Lebanon’s government has fueled repeated protests in recent months. Discontent with widely perceived corruption and incompetence came to a head in July when the government failed to agree a solution to a trash disposal crisis and piles of garbage were left to fester in the streets.

Oct 8, 2015

Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian troops and allied militia backed by Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebels forces on Thursday as the government extended a major offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country.

Rebel advances in western Syria earlier this year had threatened the coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad’s control of the area and prompted Russia’s intervention on his side last week.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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      2006
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