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Lebanon gets new government led by Saad Hariri: statement BEIRUT: Lebanon acquired a new 30-minister government Sunday led by Saad Hariri, bringing together the entire political spectrum except for the Christian Phalangist party that rejected the portfolio it was offered."This is a government of entente," Hariri said of the new line-up formed six weeks after the election of President Michel Aoun.New portfolios include an anti-corruption post and, for the first time, a minister of state for women.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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Kerry hopes for new Yemen ceasefire in 2 weeks RIYADH: US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the hope in Saudi Arabia on Sunday that a new ceasefire in the Yemen conflict could be agreed within two weeks.On his last visit to the kingdom as secretary, Kerry said the United States will work with Britain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to achieve a new pause in the fighting, which would be the eighth ceasefire attempt since hostilities escalated early last year.The group ...

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Thousands leave Aleppo under rebel withdrawal deal ALEPPO: Thousands of civilians and rebels left Aleppo on Thursday under an evacuation deal that will allow Syria's regime to take full control of the city after years of fighting.The International Committee of the Red Cross said the operation could take days as US Secretary of State John Kerry warned action was needed to prevent a Srebrenica-style massacre with tens of thousands of civilians still trapped in the city.Three convoys left Aleppo carrying wounded civilians, ...

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Aleppo hit by air strikes and shelling as evacuation stalls ALEPPO: Plans to evacuate rebel districts of Aleppo stalled on Wednesday as more fighting rocked the city and insurgents appeared to have rejected new conditions imposed on the deal by Iran. Iran, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main backers in the battle that has all but ended four years of rebel resistance in the city, wanted the simultaneous evacuation of wounded from two villages, Foua and Kefraya, that are besieged by rebel fighters, according ...

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King Salman acknowledges Saudis' economic pain RIYADH: King Salman told Saudis on Wednesday he recognised that economic restructuring measures adopted in response to a sharp drop in oil prices were painful, but said they were necessary to avoid long-term damage to the country. "The state has sought to deal with these changes through a variety of measures to restructure the economy, some of which may be painful in the short run but ultimately aim to protect the economy of your country ...

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Syrian leader Assad's Shia allies helped him win in Aleppo BEIRUT/AMMAN/GENEVA: When rebel fighters launched a last desperate attempt to break the siege of Aleppo in October, they were beaten back - not by the Syrian army but by the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah fighting on its behalf, a senior official in the pro-government alliance said. In the build-up to the final battle for Syria's second city, scores of fighters from a single Iraqi Shia militia were killed in just two days of combat this ...

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Rebel rocket fire kills seven in Aleppo: state TV DAMASCUS: Rebel rocket fire on government-held parts of Syria's second city Aleppo killed seven people and wounded others, state television said Wednesday after fighting resumed and an evacuation deal was suspended.Six people were killed and others wounded in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, with a seventh person killed and more wounded in other government-held parts of the city, the television said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...