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2008-08-15 00:00:14

By Albert Aji Syria and Lebanon agreed Wednesday to establish full diplomatic relations for the first time, taking a step toward healing tensions that have fueled decades of turmoil in Lebanon. Many Lebanese had long seen Damascus' refusal of ties as proof it had not given up claims that its smaller neighbor is part of Syrian territory and still aimed to dominate Lebanon. The deal is a significant symbolic victory for them, acknowledging Lebanon as an independent state. Syria, however,...

2008-06-24 02:29:28

Fierce factional fighting in Tripoli, Lebanon, continued Monday for a second day as residents fled or hid in underground shelters, a security official said. An unnamed Lebanese security official told al-Alam Satellite TV at least two people had been wounded in the latest fighting, in which backers of Lebanon's pro-Western government are battling al-Awite supporters of the opposition with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Four people were killed and 33 wounded in Tripoli...

2006-08-31 15:59:45

By Patrick Lannin STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - International donors pledged more than $940 million on Thursday for war-torn Lebanon's immediate relief efforts, nearly double the target amount. The funds raised at the Stockholm meeting will go to short-term needs, from shelter for those who lost their homes in Israel's war with Hizbollah to removing unexploded bombs. Lebanon hopes to hold a bigger conference later this year to raise money for longer-term reconstruction. "We believe that...

2006-08-31 06:06:15

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is prepared to discuss freeing Lebanese prisoners for two soldiers held hostage by Hizbollah if the two are handed over to the Lebanese government, a senior Israeli political source said on Thursday. Any negotiations, which would likely take place through a mediator, would be conducted with the Lebanese government and not the Hizbollah guerrilla group, the source said. The source said Israel's position was conveyed to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on...

2006-08-28 10:16:30

By Jonathan Wright BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Lebanese ministers on Monday he wanted the two Israeli soldiers whose capture by Hizbollah sparked a 34-day war with Israel to be handed to the Red Cross, a government source said. The source, who attended Annan's meeting with the Lebanese cabinet, said Annan had also said he would ask Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later this week to establish diplomatic ties with Lebanon and to control the Syrian side of...

2006-08-28 07:31:00

By Jonathan Wright BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan began a Middle East mission in Beirut on Monday aimed at turning a U.N. truce that halted a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas into a lasting ceasefire. "It's a very critical time for Lebanon and I think it's important that I come here myself to discuss with the Lebanese authorities the aftermath of the war and also to underscore international solidarity," he told reporters at Beirut airport....

2006-08-28 04:36:56

By Jonathan Wright BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, trying to turn a shaky truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas into a lasting ceasefire, arrived in Beirut on Monday to discuss an expanded peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon. He will face Lebanese demands for the removal of an Israeli air and sea blockade of Lebanon. He may also discuss policing the Lebanese-Syrian border to stop arms smuggling, as well as a possible prisoner swap between Israel and...

2006-08-28 02:45:24

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will discuss the deployment and role of a planned 15,000-strong peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon when he visits Beirut on Monday for the first time since the Israel-Hizbollah war. Other issues are likely to include lifting an Israeli air and sea blockade of Lebanon, policing the Lebanese-Syrian border to stop arms smuggling and a possible prisoner swap between Israel and the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim guerrilla...

2006-08-27 17:32:46

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will discuss the deployment and role of a planned 15,000-strong peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon when he visits Beirut on Monday for the first time since the Israel-Hizbollah war. Other issues are likely to include the lifting of an Israeli air and sea blockade of Lebanon, policing of the Lebanese-Syrian border to stop arms smuggling and a possible prisoner swap between Israel and the Lebanese Hizbollah...

2006-08-23 10:04:09

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Three Lebanese soldiers were killed on Wednesday while clearing unexploded Israeli shells in southern Lebanon, underscoring the dangers of a region awaiting the deployment of thousands of U.N. peacekeepers. The three men were the first Lebanese troops to die since the army began moving south last Thursday to bolster a U.N.-backed truce that halted a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas. The Lebanese are due to send around 15,000...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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