AL-AKHBAR
Al-Akhbar ("The News") is a daily Arabic-language newspaper based in Beirut, founded in 2006 by journalists Joseph Samaha and Ibrahim Al Amine. The paper describes itself as independent and progressive.
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Saudi Prince Arrested At Beirut Airport In Record Drug Bust

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Al-Akhbar, Oct. 27, 2015

"His Royal Drugs," reads Tuesday's front page of Lebanese Arabic-language daily Al-Akhbar, one day after a Saudi prince and four others were arrested at the Beirut airport after authorities found more than two tons of illegal drugs on a Saudi-bound private jet.

Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz was among those detained by airport security for attempting to smuggle about two tons of amphetamine pills (pictured) and some cocaine, divided between 24 parcels and eight large travel bags, and worth an estimated $110 million, Al-Akhbar reports.

The smuggling operation is the largest ever to be foiled at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.

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Russian Air Strikes Shake Up Syrian Conflict

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Al-Akhbar, Oct. 1, 2015

"Toward a new Middle East," reads the front page of the Thursday edition of Lebanon's Arabic-language daily Al-Akhbar, together with a picture of a Russian aircraft ready for take-off, as Moscow hits targets in Syria for a second day.

On Wednesday, Moscow launched a series of airstrikes against what it said were Islamist extremist positions inside Syria. According to Lebanon's al-Mayadeen TV, quoted by BBC News, a series of new strikes took place Thursday, targeting rebel positions in the northwest held by an alliance known as the Army of Conquest.

The Russian intervention in the Syrian conflict has elicited anger from American officials who are accusing Moscow of aiming at western-backed rebels in the region — not ISIS fighters, as it claims. For The New York Times, the country's entry in the war is an effort to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to support.