Lebanon

November 4, 2014

The day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and is commemorated by Shias as the day when Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, was killed. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

All the entrances to the predominately Shia southern suburbs of Beirut were closed at midnight Monday to help prevent militant attacks against worshippers observing Ashura Tuesday.

November 3, 2014

Shias will gather in city squares Tuesday to commemorate Ashura, the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Mohammad, at the Battle of Karbala in the year 680. (AFP/File)
11:49 GMT

Hermel municipality has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Syrians ahead of Tuesday's Ashura processions.

November 2, 2014

Mouawad has designed bejeweled bras for the American lingerie chain for more than a decade.
14:08 GMT

The 2014 edition of Victoria's Secret's Fantasy Bra will feature, for the first time, not one, but two sapphire, ruby and diamond sets designed by Lebanese jewelers Mouawad, valued at $2 million apiece.

The curving clays and sand soils of Iran’s salt desert,  Dasht-e Kavir, appear like swirls in fine lumber. Satellites can directly identify different minerals and recognize large geological structures and mineral deposits that are undetectable by ground-based surveys. Iran is one of the world’s most important mineral producers.
12:01 GMT

Middle East deserts as you've never seen them before - from orbit

The question on everyone's minds: Why did Wael walk out of Arab Idol? (Image: Facebook)
08:40 GMT

Arab Idol judge Lebanese singer Wael Kfoury walked off the show on Friday. What was he thinking?

During past discussions, Prime Minister Tammam Salam has been outspoken about his rejection of any such prisoner swap deal for Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT

In the first sign of progress toward the release of 27 Lebanese soldiers and policemen held by Nusra militants, Qatari mediators were handed a list of names to be considered in a prisoner swap.

November 1, 2014

So far, militants have released seven Lebanese captives and killed three. (AFP/FIle)
04:00 GMT

A source involved in Qatari-led mediations said Islamist militants holding at least 27 Lebanese soldiers and policeman hostage has given an updated list of demands.

October 30, 2014

Remember Wadih El Safi? The French soon will too!.
12:41 GMT

The man, the late legend, Wadih El Safi, will have a stirring musical tribute thanks to the talents of fellow Lebanese singers Jaheda Wahbe and Melhim Zein.

While Amal is busy working overseas, Clooney is preparing to work on a new comedy with Johansson! (Image: Albawaba edit)
10:14 GMT

Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood's studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum.

Millions of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the start of the war in 2011. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

At least one million Syrians live in Lebanon as refugees. Many refugees are happy to have escaped the brutal war raging in their home country, but some are also fearful of their wary hosts.

Bekaa Valley has been the centre of clashes between Syrian militants and Lebanon's army in recent months (File/AFP)
07:10 GMT

Dangerous clashes erupted on Wednesday evening between militants and Lebanon's army near Bekaa Valley towns, close to the border with Syria.

October 29, 2014

Unnamed Islamist websites encouraged attacks against American or international schools across the Middle East (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT

US officials issued strong security warnings for American schools in the Middle East against potential terrorist attacks after an extremist website threatened to target Western educational facilities.

Lebanese boys look at a bullet-riddled Islamist mural in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood on Oct. 28. Three days of fierce fighting between Lebanese forces and armed Islamists killed at least 16 and forced thousands to flee. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
08:17 GMT

A Lebanese military official said that as many as 500 Islamist militants had taken part in the four-day battle against Lebanese security and military forces.

A report from the Washington Institute found that poverty is a root cause for violence and terrorism (File/AFP)
07:18 GMT

Is it time to make the most of the anti-IS sentiment across Lebanon? According to a recent report, around one percent of the country's Sunni population supports IS and it's not just terrorism that's to blame.