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Syria refugees face growing challenges in Jordan urban areas 
April 16, 2014 06:40 PM
Syrian refugees in urban areas of Jordan are struggling to cope with inadequate housing, high debts, rising costs and educational challenges for their children, a global relief agency says.
Two Syrian airstrikes hit Arsal outskirts 
April 16, 2014 03:17 PM
Syria launches two airstrikes targeting remote areas near the Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal.
Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief 
April 16, 2014 01:59 PM
Syria has reached a "critical moment" as the world awaits news of fresh peace talks, China's foreign minister tells the warring nation's opposition leader Ahmad Jarba in Beijing.
Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border 
By Albert Aji | April 16, 2014 01:46 PM (Last Updated: 16/04/2014 04:27 PM)
Jordanian military warplanes strike a convoy of vehicles as they are trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army says in a statement, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and Damascus.
Restoring state authority my main goal: Geagea 
April 16, 2014 01:00 PM (Last Updated: 16/04/2014 02:24 PM)
Lebanese Forces leader MP Samir Geagea says that restoring the role and authority of the state would be his main goal if elected president.
Activists: Syrian airstrikes kill 4 in rebel town 
By Albert Aji | April 16, 2014 12:20 PM (Last Updated: 16/04/2014 01:59 PM)
Syrian military airstrikes kill at least four people in a rebel-held town along the Lebanese border, activists say, as pro-government forces intensify their campaign against some of the last rebel strongholds on a valuable supply line.
Large turnout for Al-Manar technician funeral 
April 16, 2014 10:44 AM (Last Updated: 16/04/2014 01:31 PM)
The funeral of an Al-Manar technician killed in Syria earlier this week was held Wednesday in his hometown of Hermel, in east Lebanon, with hundreds and possibly thousands of mourners turning out to pay their respects.
Geagea platform will stress state monopoly over arms: LF source 
April 16, 2014 12:44 AM
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea launches a 32-point presidential program Wednesday that stresses the monopoly of the Lebanese state in fighting Israel and using force, as well as calling for universal health care for the Lebanese, a party source told The Daily Star.
Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar steps down from post 
April 16, 2014 12:42 AM
Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh’s attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad, has resigned from his post, state media reported Tuesday.
Syrian army launches assault on Homs 
April 16, 2014 12:41 AM
Syrian army troops backed by pro-regime militiamen entered rebel-held neighborhoods of Homs Tuesday after seizing the last village in the mountainous Qalamoun region on Lebanon’s border.
U.S. to confirm arming opposition in Syria: sources 
By Antoine Ghattas Saab | April 16, 2014 12:17 AM
According to diplomatic sources in Beirut, an American decision to increase support to the armed factions of the Syrian Opposition will materialize in the next few days in a bid to re-emphasize the Western power’s central role in the Syria crisis.
Hundreds turn out for funeral of slain Al-Manar journalists 
April 16, 2014 12:17 AM
Dressed in black and carrying Hezbollah flags, hundreds took part Tuesday in the funeral procession of an Al-Manar journalist who was killed in Syria.
Lebanon to curb flow of Syrian refugees: Machnouk 
April 16, 2014 12:17 AM
The government is seeking to reduce the number of Syrian refugees entering the country, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Tuesday, warning that the Syrians constituted 27 percent of Lebanon’s population.
Safe in Lebanon, but never at home 
By Elise Knutsen | April 16, 2014 12:16 AM
Youssef can’t concentrate on his tea, which is being served to him by an aproned waiter at a posh hotel in Downtown Beirut.
Iraq’s Kurds dig trench to block militants 
April 16, 2014 12:08 AM
The autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq is digging a trench along its border with Syria to prevent the infiltration of militants and smuggling from the war-racked country, officials say.
Riyadh: Reported poison gas use a challenge to world 
April 16, 2014 12:08 AM
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday that the “grave news” that President Bashar Assad’s forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to “international will.”
Russia tests Obama’s ability to stop its advances 
By Julie Pace | April 16, 2014 12:06 AM
President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.
Videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria 
By Peter Apps | April 15, 2014 11:26 PM (Last Updated: 15/04/2014 11:33 PM)
Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country’s civil war.
U.N. Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead 
April 15, 2014 09:09 PM (Last Updated: 15/04/2014 11:31 PM)
The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian war victims, France’s envoy said.
Top officer dies in helicopter crash as violence kills 7 
April 15, 2014 08:19 PM
A senior army officer died when his helicopter crashed due to a malfunction, the defence ministry said, as violence in Iraq killed seven people on Tuesday.

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