Lebanon

December 29, 2014

Syrian jihadists captured over two dozen Lebanese soldiers earlier this year and are holding them near Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT

Three people were injured in Arsal on Monday morning as the Army dispersed a protest over the decision to require special permits for anyone crossing into the northeastern border town's outskirts.

December 28, 2014

“Our only option is dialogue and to search for means to strengthen our unity and civil peace.”

“Our only option is dialogue and to search for means to strengthen our unity and civil peace," said Fouad Siniora. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

Head of the Future bloc MP Fouad Siniora defended his party’s decision to launch talks with Hezbollah Saturday, saying that the alternative to dialogue was “frightening.”

December 26, 2014

Lebanon's army increased security in the border town of Arsal since it was briefly overrun by ISIL and Nusra Front militants. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Three militants including a member of Nusra Front were shot dead by Lebanon's army near the border with Syria overnight Thursday.

Lebanese soldiers drive to the entrance of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 3, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Two men with alleged links to extremist groups were arrested by Lebanese forces in the border town of Arsal Thursday.

December 25, 2014

Who said Santa had a bunch of reindeer? Santa (or Santas more like it!) ride proud Arabian pedigree horses in the Middle East - it´s too hot for reindeer of course! Yalla, giddy up!!
04:13 GMT

Arab Santas unite! Here's our top picks from the MENA region. Welcome to Christmas in Arabia!

December 24, 2014

Lebanon has been without a president since Michel Suleiman stood down in May 2014. (AFP/File)
22:00 GMT

France will send a top Middle East official to Lebanon early next year in an attempt to end the country's presidential deadlock.

Three fishermen were detained by Syrian naval forces on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Three fishermen were fired upon by the Syrian navy off the coast of northern Lebanon Wednesday. Sources say the fishermen were detained while their boat was seized.

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour inspects the warehouses at Beirut's airport, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.
14:24 GMT

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Tuesday ordered the closure of food and medicine storage warehouses at Beirut's airport, citing poor hygiene and expired items during an inspection.

Lebanese banks are abiding by international regulations, according to the Union of Arab Bankers
12:04 GMT

Lebanese banks face no threat of any international penalties after the local lenders successfully complied with all anti-money laundering and other similar legislation, the chairman of the World Union of Arab Bankers said Tuesday.

Various types of drugs, scales, and mobile phones were recovered by police. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT

Police found plethora of illicit substances at a home in Fanar, a suburb of Beirut.

December 23, 2014

Approximately 30 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants from the Nusra Front and Daesh in early August. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT

Sheikh Naim Qassem prioritized the need for discretion in negotiating the release of Lebanese servicemen held by jihadists.

Lebanon hosts over a million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says the almost four-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria has cost his country more than USD 20 billion.

December 21, 2014

Israel has repeatedly refused to compensate Lebanon, despite the many calls by the General Assembly.
17:37 GMT

The U.N. General Assembly Friday asked Israel to pay Lebanon $856.4 million as compensation for the oil slick the Jewish state caused during the July 2006 war.