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  • British journalist Patrick Seale dies at 84 Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    BEIRUT— Patrick Seale, a veteran journalist and author on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world's leading historians on Syria, has died in London after a battle with cancer, according to family and friends. Seale is best known for his authoritative biography of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, "Assad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East."

  • WASHINGTON/ PARIS, April 4- Boeing Co, the world's biggest airplane maker, and engine maker General Electric Co said on Friday they had received licenses from the U.S. Treasury Department to export certain spare parts for commercial aircraft to Iran under a temporary sanctions relief deal that began in January.

  • AMMAN, March 12- Turmoil in Ukraine is driving Middle Eastern grain buyers to shy away from striking new deals there and to consider rival suppliers, a shift that is likely to push up import bills.

  • *Rain-fed cereal areas in Syria and Iraq hurt. Varying degrees of drought are hitting almost two thirds of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq. The dry season has already hurt prospects for the cereal harvest in areas of Syria and to a lesser extent Iraq.

  • RPT-Syrian exporters try to revive businesses Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 25- Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home.

  • Syrian exporters try to revive businesses Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    DUBAI, Feb 25- Three years into Syria's war, some exporters who moved to neighbouring countries to escape the violence that has devastated many businesses now want to return home.

  • Syria aid still stalled after UN resolution Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    BEIRUT, Feb 25- World powers have passed a landmark Security Council resolution demanding an end to restrictions on humanitarian operations in Syria, but aid workers doubt it has the punch to make Damascus grant access and let stuck convoys deliver vital supplies.

  • *Iran is major backer of Assad. LONDON/ ANKARA, Feb 21- As Syria's war nears the start of its fourth year, Iran has stepped up support on the ground for President Bashar al-Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops, sources with knowledge of military movements say.

  • DUBAI, Feb 19- When Dubai's biggest property developer decided to change its chief executive last year, it did not inform the stock market for weeks. Index compilers MSCI and S&P Dow Jones are upgrading the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to emerging market status.

  • Homs rebel puts fate in Syrian government hands Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 5:41 AM ET

    *After leaving Homs, rebel hopes to leave Syria. *Evacuees describe tension with fighters in Homs. HOMS, Syria, Feb 14- Waiting among a group of evacuees from Homs for questioning by Syrian security forces, Hodwan al-Masri knew he could not hide his identity.

  • Complicating matters further, the United States and Russia clashed over the pace of Syria's handover of chemical arms for destruction with Washington accusing Damascus of foot-dragging, putting the plan 6-8 weeks behind schedule- and Moscow- President Bashar al-Assad's big power ally- rejecting this.

  • *Government not committed to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.

  • *Delegates expected to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up Friday with both sides in entrenched positions and the U.N. mediator expressing frustration that he had not even produced agreement for an aid convoy to rescue trapped civilians in a besieged city.

  • *Mediator does not expect progress by end of session on Friday. *Talks to work on 2012 Geneva communique, but approaches differ.

  • *Russia, United States at odds over Assad's fate. MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan 22- Syria's government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility on Wednesday but a U.N. mediator said the warring sides may be ready to discuss prisoner swaps, local ceasefires and humanitarian aid.

  • Khamenei controls a massive business empire known as Setad that has invested in Iran's petrochemical industry, which is now permitted to resume exports. The Treasury described the action last June as an effort to target Iran's leadership, and it accused Setad of being part of a scheme to circumvent U.S. and international sanctions.

  • *Russia, United States at odds over Assad's fate. MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan 22- Syria's government and opposition, meeting for the first time, angrily spelled out their mutual hostility on Wednesday at a U.N. peace conference where world powers also offered sharply divergent views on forcing out Bashar al-Assad.

  • *Russia's Lavrov says outsiders must not meddle in Syria. MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan 22- Syria's government and its enemies came face to face for the first time on Wednesday at a one-day peace conference in Switzerland which world powers hope can at least start a process to end three years of civil war.

  • WRAPUP 2-Syria peace conference opens, divided over Assad Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    *Russia's Lavrov says outsiders must not meddle in Syria. MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan 22- Syria's government and its enemies came face to face on Wednesday for the first time as a peace conference began in Switzerland which world powers hope can at least start a process to end three years of civil war.

  • LONDON, Jan 17- In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armoured vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say.

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