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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dies Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 | 8:18 AM ET
    Israeli right-wing opposition leader Ariel Sharon gestures during a visit to an army lookout in Tovlan in the Jordan valley 03 January 2001.

    Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister and military leader, has died in hospital aged 85.

  • *Rebels weakened by infighting, Assad gains ahead of Geneva 2. BEIRUT, Jan 10- Al Qaeda- linked jihadists struck back against rival rebels in eastern and northern Syria on Friday after a week of internecine fighting among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in which 500 people have been killed, a monitoring group said.

  • UPDATE 1-Explosion kills three in southern Beirut Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    BEIRUT, Jan 2- A powerful explosion in Shi'ite group Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold killed three people on Thursday and sent a column of smoke into the sky, a witness said.

  • Powerful explosion shakes south Beirut - residents Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    BEIRUT, Jan 2- A powerful explosion shook southern Beirut, a stronghold of Shi'ite group Hezbollah, on Thursday and smoke was seen rising from the area, residents said.

  • BEIRUT, Dec 27- An explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Friday, causing an unknown number of casualties. The blast was heard across the city and a plume of black smoke was seen rising in the downtown business district near the Phoenicia Hotel. Ambulances were seen taking victims from the area, a witness said.

  • LONDON, Dec 23- The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has received substantial imports of Iraqi crude oil from an Egyptian port in the last nine months, shipping and payments documents show, part of an under-the-radar trade that has kept his military running despite Western sanctions.

  • Dec 18- An Iranian businessman linked to a sprawling conglomerate controlled by Iran's supreme leader is wanted by the United States for allegedly trying to purchase hundreds of American-made assault rifles to smuggle into Iran. He was convicted there in June of attempted arms trafficking and attempting to violate sanctions on Iran.

  • Darwinian economics: Downturns spark start-up booms Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 10:46 AM ET
    Linda Rottenberg

    An expert on high-impact entrepreneurship, Endeavor's Linda Rottenberg, explains why economic adversity sparks innovation and small business creation.

  • BEIRUT, Nov 19- The Abdullah Azzam brigades, a Lebanon- based al Qaeda affiliate, said it was behind a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, according to the Twitter page of a cleric linked to the group.

  • BEIRUT, Nov 19- Footage from security cameras showed a man rushing towards the outer wall of the Iranian embassy in Beirut before blowing himself up, causing the first of two explosions in the area, Lebanese officials said on Tuesday.

  • *World powers and Iran resume talks on nuclear deal on Wednesday. SINGAPORE, Nov 19- Brent slipped towards $108 a barrel on Tuesday as investors eyed this week's round of talks between world powers and Iran that could lead to an easing of sanctions on the oil-rich country.

  • BEIRUT, Nov 19- The cultural attache at the Iranian embassy in Beirut was among at least 23 people killed in two explosions on Tuesday, Lebanese sources said.

  • BEIRUT, Nov 19- The death toll from two explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut has risen to 18, a senior medical source said on Tuesday.

  • BEIRUT, Nov 15- The World Bank will set up a trust fund to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to help Lebanon bear the cost of hosting a human wave of refugees from Syria, the bank's regional director said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Nov 14- As food begins to flow into Bashar al-Assad's Syria after several months of disruption, some of the president's close allies stand to make substantial profits from the secretive trade, according to trade and opposition sources with knowledge of the situation.

  • *Etihad already seen poised to place major Boeing order. DUBAI/ PARIS, Nov 11- Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways is in talks to buy jets from Airbus even as it puts the finishing touches to a reported deal with rival Boeing, people familiar with the matter said.

  • *Sees no growth in 2014 if crisis in Syria, Lebanon persists. BEIRUT, Oct 30- Lebanon will need $2.6 billion in budget support over a three-year period to help it overcome the impact of the civil war in neighbouring Syria, caretaker Finance Minister Mohammed Safadi said on Wednesday.

  • BEIRUT, Oct 27- Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said new estimates for nearly half of Lebanese waters suggested the country's reserves of natural gas and oil might be larger than previously thought.

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