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Aug 30, 2015

Thousands rally in Beirut against political leaders, rot

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags and chanting “revolution” took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday for an unprecedented mobilization against sectarian politicians they say are incompetent and corrupt.

The “You Stink” protest campaign, ignited by a waste crisis, has widened to reflect anger at widely-perceived graft in the political class and the state’s failure to provide basic services.

Aug 29, 2015

Thousands rally in central Beirut against political leaders

BEIRUT, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters waving
Lebanese flags and chanting anti-government slogans converged on
a square in central Beirut on Saturday for a rally against
political leaders they say are incompetent and corrupt.

Similar protests descended into violence last weekend and
Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign, a move that
could tip the state struggling with political deadlock and
spillover from Syria into deeper turmoil.

Aug 29, 2015

Protesters begin to gather in Beirut before major rally

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Protesters waving Lebanese flags started gathering in Beirut on Saturday for a major rally against a government they say is incompetent and corrupt, the latest in a wave of unrest.

Similar protests drew thousands onto the streets before turning violent last weekend. Prime Minister Tammam Salam has threatened to resign, a move that could tip the state into deeper political turmoil.

Aug 29, 2015

Amnesty calls for police restraint ahead of major Lebanon rally

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon should investigate allegations that security personnel used excessive force to disperse protesters in Beirut last week, Amnesty International said on Saturday, calling for restraint ahead of another planned mass protest march in the capital.

Anti-government protests drew thousands onto the streets before turning violent last weekend. Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign, a move that could tip the Lebanese state into deeper political turmoil.

Aug 7, 2015

Lebanon to issue bond for up to $1.5 bln this year – central bank gov

BEIRUT, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Lebanon is planning to issue a new
U.S. dollar-denominated bond this year to raise up to $1.5
billion, the central bank governor said on Friday, welcoming a
move which would avoid the government using foreign reserves to
repay debt.

Governor Riad Salameh said he also expected Lebanon would
issue a new economic stimulus package in 2016 worth around $1
billion because the political and security situation in the
region is hampering Lebanon’s ability to generate growth.

Aug 7, 2015

New diplomatic push for Syria seen, but solution elusive

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The first visit of a top Syrian official to a Gulf Arab state in more than four years is the strongest sign yet of a new diplomatic push to end the Syrian war, but there are still huge hurdles to face before any peace process can begin.

Diplomacy has so far been a total failure during a four year civil war that has divided the Middle East, killed a quarter of a million people, driven more than 10 million from their homes and left large swathes of Syria in the hands of Islamic State militants.

Aug 5, 2015

Turkey says coalition to launch ‘comprehensive battle’ against Islamic State

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey said on Wednesday a U.S.-led coalition will soon launch a “comprehensive battle” against Islamic State militants from Turkish air bases, but Syria said any military action not coordinated with Damascus would breach its sovereignty.

NATO-member Turkey formally agreed to open its air bases to U.S. and coalition aircraft last month, a major policy change after years of reluctance in taking a frontline role against the Islamist fighters pressing on its borders.

Aug 1, 2015

Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of ‘provocative’ attacks

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile.

Turkey began a campaign of air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in northern Iraq and Islamic State fighters in Syria last Friday, in what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called a “synchronized fight against terror”.

Jul 31, 2015

Al Qaeda in Syria says detains U.S.-trained rebels

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s Syria wing said on Friday it had detained members of a Syrian rebel group who had just returned from U.S. training, in a direct challenge to Washington’s plan to train and equip insurgents to combat the hard-line Islamic State group.

In a statement that appeared to contradict comments from the Pentagon, Nusra Front said the men it was holding had entered Syria several days prior and had been trained under the supervision of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Jul 29, 2015

Drama helps Lebanese to bridge their city’s divides

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Young people from two warring districts in the Lebanese city of Tripoli are taking to the stage in a comedy inspired by their own lives, trying to turn their backs on old rivalries inflamed by Syria’s civil war.

“Love and War on the Rooftops” played to a full house in the capital Beirut on Tuesday, a rollicking play within a play about a Sunni Muslim and an Alawite district in the coastal city of Tripoli.

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