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U.N. Security Council members call for Syria chlorine gas probe 
April 24, 2014 12:44 AM
Members of the U.N. Security Council called Wednesday for an investigation into new claims of a chlorine gas attack on a rebel bastion in Syria, expressing concern over the reports.
After ‘Lebanese’ session, search for president to involve region 
By Kareem Shaheen | April 24, 2014 12:33 AM
Parliament’s failure to elect a president shows that no head of state will be appointed without a regional rapprochement involving Saudi Arabia and Iran, Lebanese experts and analysts said.
Tripoli security plan sparks unrest, rockets strike Bekaa towns 
By Antoine Amrieh, Mohammed Zaatari | April 24, 2014 12:26 AM
The Lebanese Army raided the home of a militia commander in north Lebanon Wednesday, as some residents of Tripoli held further protests against a security plan in the city enacted last month.
Mouawad: A new president for a new era, almost 
By Wassim Mroueh, Elise Knutsen | April 24, 2014 12:26 AM
After a yearlong presidential power vacuum Rene Mouawad was elected on Nov. 5, 1989, amid a fleeting flurry of optimism in the wake of the Taif Accord, which ended nearly 15 years of bloody civil war.
Park in Paris suburb becomes home for desperate refugees 
By Valentin Bontemps | April 24, 2014 12:22 AM
They ended up there penniless after wandering from country to country for months.
Obama’s Syrian cyberwar conundrum 
By Bernd Debusmann | April 24, 2014 12:22 AM
To hear American experts on computer warfare tell it, the United States has cyber weapons that could cripple the Syrian government’s air defense, disrupt military communications, and knock out the power grid.
U.N. aid chiefs appeal for access 
April 24, 2014 12:21 AM
The heads of five U.N. agencies Wednesday made an impassioned call to both sides in Syria’s conflict to allow aid deliveries countrywide, end siege warfare and halt indiscriminate attacks on civilians.
3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria 
By Marc Levy | April 23, 2014 10:46 PM
U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday.
Bomb targets Iraq minister's convoy as attacks kill 3 
April 23, 2014 10:35 PM
A bomb exploded near the education minister's convoy in north Iraq Wednesday and other attacks killed three people as the country struggles with daily violence ahead of elections next week.
Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks 
By Diaa Hadid | April 23, 2014 09:38 PM (Last Updated: 23/04/2014 10:24 PM)
Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months.
Car bomb targeting Iraq minority group kills 7 
April 23, 2014 08:21 PM (Last Updated: 23/04/2014 08:38 PM)
A car bomb exploded in a village in northern Iraq mainly populated by members of the Shabak minority on Wednesday, killing seven people, police and a morgue employee said.
Syria lawmaker becomes first presidential challenger 
April 23, 2014 08:14 PM (Last Updated: 23/04/2014 08:17 PM)
An independent Syrian lawmaker registered Wednesday as the first challenger in a June presidential election widely expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to power despite a raging civil war.
France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad 
By Elaine Ganley | April 23, 2014 07:59 PM
France wants to deter youths from fighting with Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from battle-hardened returnees.
Syria accuses UN of obstructing peace talks 
April 23, 2014 04:15 PM
The Syrian foreign ministry on Wednesday accused the United Nations and UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi of obstructing the Geneva II peace process aimed at ending the country's three-year conflict.
Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid 
April 23, 2014 02:48 PM
The head of Syria's main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army, his advisor said Wednesday.
UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered' 
April 23, 2014 12:08 PM (Last Updated: 23/04/2014 05:56 PM)
The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored.
More rockets hit Bekaa Valley towns 
April 23, 2014 09:57 AM (Last Updated: 23/04/2014 03:51 PM)
Rockets from Syria hit two mainly Shiite Bekaa Valley villages shortly after a Syrian warplane raid the outskirts of the pro-rebel town of Arsal.
Renewed chemical weapons claims mount against Syrian regime 
April 23, 2014 12:53 AM
Anti-regime activists accused the Syrian government Tuesday of again using chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb, days after the U.S. and France made claims of similar recent attacks.
Echoes of past crises make election stalemate all too familiar 
By Hussein Dakroub | April 23, 2014 12:39 AM
History seems to be repeating itself with regard to the presidential election stalemate more than four decades ago.
Hezbollah letting Berri do the talking on election 
By Misbah al-Ali | April 23, 2014 12:35 AM
Although Parliament is scheduled to convene Wednesday to try to elect a new president, Hezbollah’s top leaders appear to be more preoccupied with the upcoming legislative elections in Iraq and the June 3 presidential battle in Syria than the Lebanese presidential vote, political sources said.

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