A massive bomb has exploded in the Lebanese capital Beirut, killing at least five people, among them former Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah. He was a key supporter of anti-government rebels in Syria.
Demonstrators have rallied against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodia's Hun Sen. The protests have overshadowed a regional agreement targeting terror groups' use of encrypted platforms.
At least 36 pro-government fighters have been killed in Ankara's latest offensive maneuvers in northern Syria. Turkish forces have "surrounded" the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, according to the country's premier.
Lebanon's Hezbollah has escalated the Mediterranean race for offshore gas and oil, threatening Israel and saying America is "not an honest broker." At issue is Lebanon's offshore search, which is disputed by Israel.
Israel has struck what it referred to as Iranian targets inside Syria in "large-scale" raids. The operations come after an Israeli warplane crashed under fire from Syrian air defenses.
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