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UN bid to educate thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

BEIRUT – Schools in Lebanon are opening their gates to thousands of Syrian refugee children as the academic year starts this week, creating a logistical headache for the education authorities and aid agencies. An estimated 15,000 school-age Syrians in Lebanon … Continue reading

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Lebanon cbank head says Syria crisis slowing economy

The growth rate of Lebanon’s economy has roughly halved this year, reflecting the impact of the civil war in neighbouring Syria, the head of the country’s central bank said. In an interview with Lebanese daily Al-Safir published a week after … Continue reading

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Syria refugees to reach 700,000 by year’s end – UNHCR

The UN’s refugee agency has warned that as many as 700,000 people could have fled Syria by the end of the year, a huge increase on its previous estimate.   Some 294,000 refugees have already left Syria, and the UNHCR … Continue reading

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Eyes wide shut, world watches Syria bleed

BEIRUT – Thirty years ago Hafez al-Assad cut phone lines from Hama to stop word spreading of his bloody crackdown on an uprising in the city, ensuring that the 1982 Syrian revolt was crushed and many thousands killed before the … Continue reading

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Syria: Assad regime forces shell Lebanese town in cross-border hunt for rebels

Syrian jets have fired on Lebanese territory in one of the most serious cross-border violations since the country was plunged into turmoil 18 months ago. Security officials said four missiles hit a remote area on the edge of the Lebanese … Continue reading

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Syrian jets hit Lebanese territory near border

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Missiles fired by Syrian warplanes hit Lebanese territory Monday in one of the most serious cross-border violations since Syria’s crisis began 18 months ago, security officials in Beirut and Lebanese state media said. The officials, speaking on … Continue reading

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Pope’s Lebanon visit made urgent by Syria’s war

The brutal civil war in Syria and this week’s slaying of the U.S. ambassador to Libya have given a sense of urgency to Pope Benedict XVI’s trip this week to Lebanon, a mission he describes as a pilgrimage of peace … Continue reading

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Pope to call for end to arming both sides of Syria conflict: Rai

BKIRKI, Lebanon: During his visit to Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI will call for putting an end to the violence in neighboring Syria and that arming of both sides in the conflict cease, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Thursday.   Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Assad facing rebellion from his own sect: report

Although the Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, are currently in power in Syria; for centuries, they were marginalized, deemed heretics by the larger Islamic Sunni community, a report by the online edition of the Time revealed on Monday. Tracing … Continue reading

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Editorial: Watching and waiting as Syria’s violence spreads

For months, some Obama administration officials have argued that it would be unwise to supply arms to Syrian rebels because doing so could fuel a sectarian war that could lead to the empowerment of extremists and spread beyond Syria’s borders. … Continue reading

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