Lebanon

December 14, 2014

New demands have been issued for the servicemen's release, including the release of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife, who is currently in Lebanese custody. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.

Majida performs on the Al-Ahliyya Amman University stage on December 12, 2014. (Image: Facebook)
13:26 GMT

Majida el Roumi graced the stage in Amman on Friday, with a beautiful concert filled with "Love and Peace."

Family members of captive Lebanese servicemen demonstrate for their safe return. At least 25 are still being held captive by Nusra Front and ISIL militants, who are calling for a massive prisoner exchange. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT

After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.

Lebanese authorities have cracked down on Islamists in recent months amid rising tensions following the October attacks in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT

Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.

Herve Falciani gave prosecutors in France and Spain data on thousands of Swiss bank accounts.
05:55 GMT

Switzerland has charged a former computer analyst at HSBC’s private bank in Geneva with industrial espionage and breaching the country’s secrecy laws.

The 1.85 million euro EU-funded project aimed at enhancing Lebanon’s tax collection process both quantitatively and qualitatively.
04:55 GMT

The European Union announced Friday the completion of a project to modernize Lebanon’s tax administration after nearly two years of cooperation between the French and Lebanese Finance departments.

December 12, 2014

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT

The sister-in-law of ISIL commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, has been arrested in the Bekaa Valley, her husband told The Daily Star Friday.

December 11, 2014

Assi and his buddy Kazem will be bringing in the New Year together in Beirut. (Image: Facebook)
11:28 GMT

Get ready to celebrate the New Year with Assi Helani and Kazem el Saher in Beirut this December!

Diana Haddad and her fans pensively wait for her album release on December 17th. (Image: Facebook)
10:56 GMT

The Lebanese singer has a holiday gift for her fans - an “Ya Bashar” (Oh People) album release one week before Christmas!

December 10, 2014

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25 when Michel Sleiman's six-year term ended. (Photo: AFP/Patrick Baz)
11:17 GMT

Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday postponed to Jan. 7 Lebanon's presidential election after Parliament failed for a 16th time to elect a new head of state as the country marks 200 days without a president.

An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon. (Photo: AFP)
09:44 GMT

An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon, accusing the Lebanese government of being an accomplice to the powerful movement.

Saja al-Dulaimi was formally arrested with Palestinian husband Kamal Khalaf on Tuesday in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT

Lebanon has announced the formal arrest of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, after conflicting reports of the release of 25 Lebanese hostages being held by militants.

December 9, 2014

Ahlam with her attacker husband Mubarak al Hajery. (Image: Facebook)
11:51 GMT

Cameraman Taher Nassif filed a lawsuit against Ahlam's husband after he'd attacked him on the set of Arab Idol. Did money make him drop the lawsuit now?

Elissa's alone on the couch - allegedly no man in her life right now. (Image: Facebook)
10:23 GMT

We thought she was head over heels for a mystery man, but Lebanese singer Elissa admits he's already out of the picture.

A Syrian refugee sits outside his tent in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, March 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees. Between clashes in the bordering Bekaa Valley and Syria, refugee tents being set alight and ongoing tension, it is not a good idea to start playing the blame game.