Lebanon

August 12, 2014

Saad Hariri promised to help reconstruct schools, hospitals and "necessary projects" across Arsal (File/AFP)
08:05 GMT

Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri donated $15 million to help reconstruct the besieged border town of Arsal following heavy clashes between the army and militants.

Assi Helani sadly had to say "Next time" to Paula Ya'qoubian. (Image: Facebook)
04:46 GMT

Unstable security conditions in Lebanon led Assi Helani to postpone a big interview scheduled with Paula Ya'qoubian.

August 11, 2014

Syrian refugees rest on the roadside close to the Lebanon border, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT

Lebanese authorities Monday said they would consider closing the border with Syria to reduce the number of refugees entering the country.

Lebanese soldiers secure a street in Arsal, following swift battles with militants, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:55 GMT

Families of soldiers kidnapped in Lebanon's border town Arsal staged a protest Sunday demanding their release as negotiations between the government and militants continue.

August 10, 2014

Angela Gheorghiu performed at the Baalbek Festival, but she requested to be moved to the Casino du Liban theater so that she remains close to the country’s international airport. (Image: Facebook)
09:29 GMT

Several of Lebanon’s summer festivals have canceled, rescheduled or relocated performances after fierce fighting broke out Saturday between the Lebanese Army and Nusra Front and ISIS militants.

August 9, 2014

Ex-MP Hariri says Lebanon will use Saudi grant to bulk up security and stability forces against the looming threat of militant attacks and to address growing Syrian refugee needs. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT

Hariri met with several foreign envoys Saturday, including US and Canadian ambassadors and representatives from European Union, to address how Lebanon planned to 'fight terrorism' and assist armed forced with the $1 billion Saudi grant offered to the Lebanese Army earlier this week.

The Lebanese army has regained control of checkpoints outside Arsal, but have yet to negotiate the release of the 25 hostages ISIS took in clashes last week. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
14:42 GMT

The Lebanese army has taken back control of several posts in northeastern Lebanon, but ISIS has yet to release 25 hostages taken in clashes.

August 8, 2014

Lebanese army soldiers drive to the entrance of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley. (AFP)
08:03 GMT

Armed men who retreated to Syria from the northeastern border town of Arsal after intensified clashes with the Lebanese army have taken hostage more than 35 soldiers and policemen in an attempt to exchange them.

The Ambassador stated that Lebanese-Syrian efforts should be united to fight terrorism. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon called for greater coordination between Syria's army and Lebanon's army Thursday.

August 7, 2014

Militants withdrew from Arsal early Thursday. (AFP/File)
20:04 GMT

The Committee of Muslim Scholars said negotiations were ongoing to release the captured soldiers held by jihadists since clashes erupted over the weekend.

Lebanon is home to over one million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

At least 1,000 Syrian refugee families were transported back to Syria with the help of Syrian and Lebanese authorities.

Lebanese army soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers in the northern Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
12:12 GMT

The Lebanese Army is working to restore order in Arsal Thursday morning, with a number of missing policemen turning up, after militants withdrew from the northeast border town.

Addressing a news conference at his residence in the Saudi port city of Jiddah, Hariri gave details about the grant, which he earlier announced had been provided by King Abdullah.
11:13 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday that Lebanon was being subject to an unprecedented terrorist attack, adding that the $1 billion Saudi grant was meant to help the country’s security apparatuses crush terrorism.

Stromae on stage at the Byblos Festival on Tuesday. (Image: The Daily Star/Press Photo Agency, HO)
10:27 GMT

Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae rocked the stage at the Byblos International Festival on Tuesday.