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Nasrallah Contacts Meshaal: The Resistance Stands by Palestinians

Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah expressed solidarity on Monday with the Palestinian people, voicing support to Hamas.

In a phone call between Nasrallah and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, the Hizbullah chief stressed that the Lebanese resistance stands by the intifada of the Palestinians.

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60 Syrian Troops Dead in Battle to Retake Gas Field from IS

At least 60 soldiers have died as the army battles to retake a gas field in central Syria where jihadists killed 270 people, a pro-regime newspaper reported on Sunday.

Al-Watan, citing a military source, give a toll of "60 martyrs" for a counter-offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group around Shaar gas field that a security official said was launched Friday.

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Assad Reappoints Woman VP but Mum on Sharaa

Syrian President Bashar Assad has reappointed Najah al-Attar as his vice president but made no mention of his other deputy, the veteran diplomat Faruq al-Sharaa.

Attar, 81, the only woman to reach that post, took the oath on Sunday, a day after Assad issued a decree re-appointing her as his deputy, the official SANA news agency reported.

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In Damascus, Semblance of Normal Life Returns

Each evening, Zakaria Orchi has been meeting up with friends at a favorite cafe to lounge away the hours, just as they used to during Ramadan nights in Syria's capital before war broke out.

"We get together to chat, smoke a hookah (water pipe), until late," says the tall, slender man in his 40s.

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Protest at Greek NATO Base over Destruction of Syrian Chemicals

Hundreds of campaigners closed a road to a NATO naval base in Greece on Saturday, protesting against the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons in the region.

The blockade -- which is due to last for three days -- has seen around 250 protesters gather at the Souda base, near Chania in western Crete.

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Jihadists Kill 270 in Syrian Gas Field 'Massacre'

Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Saturday.

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'Weak' Coordination between Security Apparatuses, Hizbullah along Border with Syria

Coordination between Lebanese security forces and Hizbullah amid the ongoing battles along the border with Syria is “weak,” al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Saturday.

Sources said that there “are no contacts between the security agencies and Hizbullah over the developments on the Qalamoun front, the outskirts of Arsal and other town in the Bekaa.”

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Security Forces Fend Off Syrian Opposition 'Terrorist' Plot in Bekaa

Security agencies were able to avert a “terrorist scheme” by Syrian opposition groups to involve Lebanon in a “dangerous sectarian” conflict, As Safir newspaper reported on Saturday.

According to the daily, a Lebanese security agency received a warning from a U.S. apparatus ten days ago, which included certain information, that a Syrian opposition group was seeking to carry out a “military operation” on Friday night in the Bekaa town of Nahle and other nearby towns.

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U.N. Delivers First Aid to Besieged Syrian Town since 2012

The United Nations has delivered life-saving aid to thousands of people in the besieged Syrian town of Mouadamiya for the first time since early 2012, humanitarian agencies said on Friday. 

A spokeswoman for the World Food Program said aid workers with food and hygiene supplies managed to enter the embattled town, 10 kilometers (six miles) south-west of Damascus, on July 14. 

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Jihadists Stone Syria Woman to Death for 'Adultery'

Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

It was the first "execution" of its kind by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, which has proclaimed the establishment of an Islamic "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq.

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