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Apr 27, 2015

Salma Hayek explores Lebanese roots with film of The Prophet

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Movie star Salma Hayek said on Monday her new film The Prophet was a labour of love that helped her explore her relationship with her late Lebanese grandfather who adored the book that inspired it.

The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by Lebanese-born writer Kahlil Gibran, tells the story of Almitra, a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with the imprisoned poet Mustafa, voiced by actor Liam Neeson.

Apr 27, 2015

Movie star Salma Hayek explores Lebanese roots with film of The Prophet

BEIRUT, April 27 (Reuters) – Movie star Salma Hayek said on
Monday her new film The Prophet was a labour of love that helped
her explore her relationship with her late Lebanese grandfather
who adored the book that inspired it.

The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by
Lebanese-born writer Kahlil Gibran, tells the story of Almitra,
a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with the imprisoned
poet Mustafa, voiced by actor Liam Neeson.

Apr 21, 2015

Egypt’s Mursi: jail sentence seals dramatic reversal of fortune

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ousted president Mohamed Mursi once dreamed of creating an “Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation”. That seemed more unreachable than ever on Tuesday after a judge sentenced him to 20 years in jail for violence, kidnapping and torture.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who ousted Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule, has repeatedly portrayed his Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group which poses an existential threat to Egypt.

Apr 21, 2015

Son says Egypt’s Mursi plans comeback despite jail sentence

CAIRO (Reuters) – Mohamed Mursi’s reversal of fortune from Egypt’s first freely-elected president to a prisoner sentenced to 20 years in jail on Tuesday will not break his will to return to power, his son said.

Those aspirations may seem unrealistic two years after the army toppled Mursi and crushed his Muslim Brotherhood.

Apr 19, 2015

Islamic State shot and beheaded 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya: video

CAIRO (Reuters) – A video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the video but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, which has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to a conflict-ridden Libya.

Apr 16, 2015

Sister says imprisoned U.S-Egyptian just an ‘idealistic guy’

CAIRO (Reuters) – From her home in Washington DC, Hanaa Soltan said she felt an overwhelming sense of grief when an Egyptian court condemned her father to death and her U.S-Egyptian brother to life in jail for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Salah and Mohamed Soltan, sentenced on Saturday with 49 others, were among thousands detained after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president. Sisi describes the Brotherhood as a major security threat.

Apr 2, 2015

Islamic State seizes vast Damascus refugee camp

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters seized most of a vast camp for Palestinian refugees on the outskirts of Damascus from other insurgents on Wednesday in a bid to capture a major foothold close to President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power.

In a separate advance, rebel groups that have received backing from Assad’s Arab and Western foes captured a border crossing with Jordan, the first time Damascus has lost it since the start of the conflict, sources on both sides said.

Apr 1, 2015

Islamic State expands in Damascus, al Qaeda vows sharia for city

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, nearing President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power.

A rival jihadist group said sharia law would govern a city seized by rebels in the northwest of Syria.

Mar 18, 2015

Downing of U.S. drone suggests Syria imposing red lines on air war

BEIRUT (Reuters) – After allowing the United States to use its air space to bomb Islamic State fighters for six months, the Syrian army appears to have imposed a “red line” by shooting down a U.S. drone over territory of critical importance to Damascus.

The U.S. military has said it lost contact with one of its drones over northwest Syria but has not given the cause of the incident over Latakia province – part of the western region of Syria where Damascus has been consolidating state control.

Mar 18, 2015

Syria monitor says army kills six in gas attack, military denies it

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.

A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. “We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don’t need to use it,” the source said.

    • 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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