Ellen Francis

'We have to help them': Syrian Kurdish leaders see new U.S. interest

03 Oct 2018

BEIRUT President Donald Trump's announcement in April that he wanted to pull U.S. troops out of Syria left the country's Kurds fearing they would be abandoned by their most important military ally.

Idlib-Einigung sorgt für Erleichterung und Zweifel

18 Sep 2018

Beirut/Brüssel Die Einigung auf eine militärische Pufferzone in der syrischen Rebellenhochburg Idlib hat für Erleichterung gesorgt, aber auch Zweifel an ihren Erfolgschancen aufkommen lassen.

Lebanon's glamorous music festivals struggle in tough times

05 Aug 2018

BEIRUT Shakira and Elton John played one-off concerts in Lebanon in recent months but the summer music festivals that helped make the country a cultural lodestar for the Arab world are struggling.

Wary of U.S. ally, Syrian Kurds look to Damascus for talks

25 Jul 2018

BEIRUT Syria's Kurds are trying to forge ties with Damascus as they seek to protect gains made in seven years of war, wary of their unpredictable U.S. ally and more ready than ever to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian rebels begin evacuating Golan frontier

20 Jul 2018

BEIRUT/GOLAN HEIGHTS Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, leaving for the rebel-held north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar al-Assad's control of the frontier.

Syrian state raises flag in birthplace of revolt

12 Jul 2018

AMMAN/BEIRUT The Syrian government raised the national flag on Thursday over areas of Deraa city that have been in rebel hands for years, a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad in the birthplace of the revolt against his rule.

Syrian army makes advances in southwest offensive

29 Jun 2018

BEIRUT The Syrian army battled rebels in an important town in southwest Syria on Thursday, a media unit run by its ally Hezbollah and a war monitor said, as intensifying air strikes killed dozens of people in the area.

'This is why we protest': Jordan family struggles in tough economy

08 Jun 2018

AMMAN Bayan Samara's children often asked her why she could not buy them new clothes or toys. So the Jordanian teacher took them to a rally in the capital. | Video

Jordan's next PM says to drop tax bill that angered protesters

07 Jun 2018

AMMAN/DUBAI Jordan's designated new prime minister said on Thursday he would drop a proposed tax law, conceding to a key demand of protesters who have already brought down the government.

New Jordan prime minister starts talks on building cabinet amid protests

07 Jun 2018

AMMAN, June 7 Jordan's new Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz started talks with lawmakers on Thursday aiming to build a cabinet to tackle the debt-ridden country's economic challenges and calm the biggest protests in years.

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