Zeina Karam
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Hezbollah appears to have gained in Lebanon vote
by Zeina Karam - May 8, 2018 - 12:26am
The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its political allies made significant gains in Sunday's parliamentary elections in Lebanon while the main Western-backed faction lost a third of its seats, according to preliminary...
Alleged chemical attack strikes rebel-held Douma in Syria
by Zeina Karam - April 9, 2018 - 1:13am
An alleged gas attack killed at least 40 people in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, local responders said on yesterday. Syrian state media, meanwhile, reported that rebels there have agreed to give up their last...
Lebanese prime minister resigns amid tensions with Hezbollah
by Zeina Karam - November 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri resigned from his post yesterday during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions.
Russia urges caution on US plan for safe zones in Syria
by Zeina Karam - January 27, 2017 - 3:25am
The Trump administration's expressed interest in setting up safe zones for civilians in Syria was greeted yesterday with caution by Russia and Turkey, which have taken the lead in the latest peace efforts to end...
With little room to maneuver, Syria's rebels head for talks
by Zeina Karam - January 20, 2017 - 2:17am
Syrian rebels are sending more than a dozen representatives next week to the capital of Kazakhstan for talks with government representatives, the first such negotiations between the two sides in a year.
IS launches new assault on besieged eastern city in Syria
by Zeina Karam - January 15, 2017 - 8:00pm
Islamic State militants launched their biggest assault in a year on government-held areas of the contested city of Deir el-Zour yesterday, attacking from several fronts and triggering intense fighting in the eastern...
Syria rebels suspend talks over alleged truce violations
by Zeina Karam - January 4, 2017 - 7:06am
Syrian government forces pressed their offensive in a water-rich valley northwest of Damascus on yesterday as 10 rebel groups announced they are suspending talks about planned peace negotiations because of what they...
Islamic State group says spokesman killed in Syria
by Zeina Karam - August 31, 2016 - 9:53am
The Islamic State group's spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group's attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group announced...
IS militants abduct 300 cement workers near Syrian capital
by Zeina Karam - April 7, 2016 - 9:30am
In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants on Thursday abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting elsewhere in the...
Syria rebels slam Russia, say ready for provisional truce
by Zeina Karam - February 20, 2016 - 4:12pm
The main Syrian opposition group said yesterday it is ready "in principle" to implement a provisional truce, slamming Russia and the Syrian government after a deadline set for a temporary cessation of hostilities...
Lebanese trade accusations over Saudi aid suspension
by Zeina Karam - February 20, 2016 - 2:51pm
Lebanese politicians traded accusations yesterday over the decision by Saudi Arabia to halt deals worth $4 billion aimed at equipping and supporting Lebanese security forces, adding to tensions in the deeply divided...
With Russian help, Syrian army pushes into rebel bastion
by Zeina Karam - January 13, 2016 - 5:00pm
Backed by relentless Russian airstrikes, Syrian troops and allied militiamen on yesterday pushed deeper into a major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Latakia, a day after seizing a key rebel-held...
Longest-serving Lebanese prisoner in Israel killed in Syria
by Zeina Karam - December 20, 2015 - 1:46pm
Samir Kantar, a Lebanese who was convicted of carrying out one of the most notorious attacks in Israeli history and spent nearly three decades in an Israeli prison, has been killed by an Israeli airstrike near the...
At UN event, speakers call for end to Syria barrel bombs
by Zeina Karam - September 28, 2015 - 6:22pm
Deadly barrel bombs dropped by Syrian army helicopters on opposition-held neighborhoods of Syria are the main driver behind the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed neighboring countries and now Europe, speakers at...
Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside
by Zeina Karam - August 28, 2015 - 4:00pm
To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.
Syrian, Iraqi Christians plead for international assistance
by Zeina Karam - March 18, 2015 - 5:05am
Syrian and Iraqi Christians pleaded for more international assistance yesterday from new homes in Lebanon where they recently arrived after fleeing attack by militants from the Islamic State group.
IS group erasing history, culture in Syria, Iraq
by Zeina Karam - March 8, 2015 - 2:09am
The Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is part of a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy.
Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold
by Zeina Karam - February 26, 2015 - 8:53am
Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a...
Syria says it doesn't need Jordan's help against IS
by Zeina Karam - February 10, 2015 - 3:46am
Syria's foreign minister on yesterday criticized neighboring Jordan, which recently stepped up air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, and said his country does not need outside help in battling IS ...
Women excised from public life, abused by IS
by Zeina Karam - December 24, 2014 - 5:46am
The gunmen came to the all-girls' elementary school in the Iraqi city of Fallujah at midday with a special delivery: piles of long black robes with gloves and face veils, now required dress code for females in areas...
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