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BEIRUT | IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists say the Islamic State group has released two women and four children they had been holding since July in an exchange with the government. The women and children were among 30 people kidnapped by IS in the southern province of Sweida in July when they carried out a raid that … Continue reading BEIRUT | IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

BEIRUT | The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria “re-empowers” the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels. Maj. Nehemia Berki spoke on Monday at a U.N. ceremony marking … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

BEIRUT | IS militants abduct scores of civilians in eastern Syria

BEIRUT  — The Islamic State group stormed a settlement for displaced people in eastern Syria and abducted scores of civilians in the latest attack by the extremists on civilians, a U.S.-backed Syrian force and a war monitor said on Saturday. The area in Syria’s eastern Deir el-Zour province has been witnessing days of intense clashes … Continue reading BEIRUT | IS militants abduct scores of civilians in eastern Syria

BEIRUT | Syrian president says Russia-Turkey Idlib deal ‘temporary’

BEIRUT— Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that the Russian-Turkish deal to avert a military offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib is a “temporary one” that prevented bloodshed but that his government’s goal is to restore control over all of Syria. His comments were made during a meeting of the Central Committee of the … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian president says Russia-Turkey Idlib deal ‘temporary’

BEIRUT | US-backed forces storm IS-held village in east Syria

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian forces entered Saturday an eastern village held by the Islamic State group where intense clashes are ongoing a day after the extremists reportedly killed 20 fighters, the forces and a war monitor said. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said its fighters stormed Bagouz and are close to the center of the … Continue reading BEIRUT | US-backed forces storm IS-held village in east Syria

BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria — especially Iran, Russia, and Turkey — to protect civilians and avoid a “bloodbath” in the last major rebel-held stronghold in Idlib. He said a full-scale battle … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

BEIRUT | UN schools for Palestinians defy funding cuts, open on time

BEIRUT  — United Nations schools for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are starting the new school year on time, despite the U.S. decision to cancel funding to the international body’s Palestinian relief agency. Students looked giddy as they arrived at the Haifa Intermediate School in Beirut’s Bir Hassan neighborhood on Monday and sat attentively through their … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN schools for Palestinians defy funding cuts, open on time