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Lebanon

Leaving for Beirut

Leaving for Beirut

  On a winter night in 1981, Momen left for Beirut. When I met him the day before, his 17-year-old eyes twinkled with the excitement of joining the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). He pulled out his air ticket -- probably of British Airways, memories wane so fast -- and said: “Dosto, Ami Chollam. Torao parley ai...

Lebanon protesters march over domestic violence bill

Lebanon protesters march over domestic violence bill

Thousands of people have marched through Beirut to demand politicians in Lebanon pass a law against domestic violence. The rally, which coincided with International Women's Day, was led by relatives of victims. Lebanon is viewed as the one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East, but has no law protecting women from violence...

Syria Crisis

Barrel bomb raids 'kill 85'

Barrel bomb raids 'kill 85'

At least 85 people were killed in 24 hours of Syrian regime air raids on the city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said yesterday, after 10 days of inconclusive peace talks. The deaths came as a suicide car bombing in a Hezbollah stronghold across the border in Lebanon killed four people on Saturday, in the latest regional spillover of the conflict. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime helicopters hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo with barrels packed with explosives. The so-called barrel bombs are a controversial weapon, condemned by rights groups as indiscriminate. "At least 85 people were killed, including 65 civilians, 10 of whom were children," on Saturday, the Observatory said. The...

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