Lebanese film director keeps faith after COVID-19 dashes Cannes dreams

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Many directors would have been devastated when their plans to show their first feature at the Cannes Film Festival were wrecked by the spread of COVID-19.... Read more »

U.N. envoy hopes for, but cannot predict, speedy reopening of Libya oil ports

BERLIN (Reuters) – The United Nations envoy to Libya said on Saturday he hoped but “could not predict” whether eastern oil ports shut ahead of a pending Berlin summit... Read more »

Turkey and Russia discussing ‘secure zone’ in Syria’s Idlib region: Turkish defense minister

FILE PHOTO: Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar attends the NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey... Read more »

‘For Sama’ directors hope Oscar nod will shine spotlight on Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts are hoping the Oscar nomination for their documentary “For Sama” will remind people of the plight of Syrians affected by... Read more »

In next war, soldiers will leave their smartphones at home: Peter Apps

LONDON (Reuters) – As the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division departed for the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran, their divisional commander gave... Read more »

U.N. renews Syria cross-border aid operation but halves crossings, length of time

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Friday renewed a six-year-long cross-border operation delivering aid to millions of Syrian civilians but the number of crossings and length... Read more »

Soleimani planned attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria: official

Iranian guards hold a picture of the late Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, during a protest against the killing of Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia... Read more »

Trump, Erdogan agree on need for de-escalation in Idlib, Syria: White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan pose for a family photo during the annual NATO heads of government summit at the Grove Hotel in... Read more »

Russia and Italy call for peaceful solution to Libya crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agreed on Thursday that the situation in Libya must be resolved in a peaceful way, the... Read more »

Pentagon chief: Need to speak with Turkish counterpart to understand Erdogan base comments

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that he needed to speak with his Turkish counterpart to understand how serious President... Read more »