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May 20, 2015

Islamic State captures one-third of ancient Syrian city: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters seized around a third of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday after fierce clashes with the military and allied combatants, a group monitoring the war said.

The city, known as Tadmur in Arabic, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site and the violence has fuelled fears Islamic State will destroy ancient ruins. The offshoot of al Qaeda advanced into the city over the weekend but had been repelled.

May 19, 2015

Insurgents seize army base, tighten grip in Syria’s Idlib province

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Insurgents seized an army base in northwestern Syria from the military on Tuesday, compounding a series of setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad at the hands of rebel groups believed to have received extra backing from his regional enemies.

The capture came as a top aide to Iran’s leader met Assad in Damascus and underlined firm Iranian support as the Syrian government faces mounting pressure from insurgents in a four-year-old civil war.

May 19, 2015

Top aide to Iran’s leader meets Syria’s Assad, pledges support

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A top aide to Iran’s leader met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, footage on Syrian state television showed, underlining firm Iranian support for Damascus as it faces mounting pressure from insurgents in a four-year-old civil war.

The meeting came as insurgents in Idlib province seized an army base from the Syrian military, expanding their grip in the northwest of the country, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

May 6, 2015

After two attempts, U.N. starts zero-expectation talks on Syria

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations has adopted a cautious approach to the Syria talks it launched this week, avoiding raising expectations that this latest initiative can end a four-year-old conflict which has so far defied all diplomatic efforts to resolve it.

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says he wants to talk to diplomats, activists and political and military leaders to see if there is any new common ground since a roadmap for ending the war was declared in 2012.

Apr 27, 2015

Salma Hayek pays tribute to Lebanese roots with film of “The Prophet”

BEIRUT, April 27 (Reuters) – Mexican actress Salma Hayek
says 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 imprisoned poet
Mustafa.

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.

    • 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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