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Indirect messages avert escalation

As the guns fell silent and calm returned to both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border Thursday, a day after a Hezbollah attack killed at least two Israeli soldiers in the Shebaa Farms, Israel and the party exchanged indirect messages that averted a full-scale military confrontation for now.

Indirect messages avert escalation

As the guns fell silent and calm returned to both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border Thursday, a day after a Hezbollah attack killed at least two Israeli soldiers in the Shebaa Farms, Israel and the party exchanged indirect messages that averted a full-scale military confrontation for now.

Nusra Front attacks FSA rebels in Aleppo

The Syrian arm of Al-Qaeda attacked a Western-backed rebel group near Aleppo Thursday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said, threatening one of the few remaining pockets of the non-jihadi opposition.

EU extends existing Russia sanctions

European Union foreign ministers agreed Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to impose new measures, with the new government in Greece sowing uncertainty that exasperated its allies.

Wasting time in Moscow

There were expectations that this week’s “Moscow forum” of meetings on the Syrian crisis would be a resounding failure.

Wasting time in Moscow

There were expectations that this week’s “Moscow forum” of meetings on the Syrian crisis would be a resounding failure.

UAE after golden boot in playoff

Sharpshooter Ali Mabkhout can win a tight race for the Asian Cup’s golden boot when the United Arab Emirates face Iraq for the consolation prize of finishing third Friday.

UAE after golden boot in playoff

Sharpshooter Ali Mabkhout can win a tight race for the Asian Cup’s golden boot when the United Arab Emirates face Iraq for the consolation prize of finishing third Friday.

Ricciardo gets into top gear for F1 title battle

Daniel Ricciardo reckons he can take one title off Lewis Hamilton this year – and mount a proper crack at the Briton’s Formula One crown as well – after being best of the rest to Mercedes in 2014.

Serena awaits Sharapova in grudge Aussie final

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a grudge Australian Open final between the world’s top two players Thursday, with the Russian desperate to break 10-year jinx against her archrival.

Pole vault legend Bubka to run for top IAAF job

Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka announced Wednesday he is running for the presidency of world athletics body IAAF, taking on Briton Sebastian Coe in a battle between two of the sport’s greats.

Naomi Campbell steals show at Paris couture

Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris’ haute couture week Wednesday.

Naomi Campbell steals show at Paris couture

Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris’ haute couture week Wednesday.

Beaufort Castle: From military post to landmark

When Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, then Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon stood in front of Beaufort Castle and, addressing his soldiers, said the edifice had secured a front for his men.

Think roasted rack of lamb is too fancy? Wrong!

Want to wow your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? One of the ways I spell romance is with a roasted rack of lamb for two. Most of us never get to enjoy this wonderful dish outside fine restaurants, but there’s no reason not to make it at home.