Lebanon & Syria

March 27, 2014

Rebels fighter stand on the images of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad (R) and his son present Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Kasab border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia.
12:00 GMT

Syria has formally called on the United Nations to take all essential measures to halt Turkish involvement in rebel offensives taking place in Syria’s Kasab district.

Tripoli is frequently rocked by violence fuelled by the ongoing conflict in neighboring Syria. (AFP)
07:12 GMT

The Lebanese army carried out raids in the northern city of Tripoli on Thursday after a soldier was killed in a drive-by shooting.

March 26, 2014

Islamist militants are increasingly targeting Shiite shrines in the battle for Syria. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Islamist militants belonging to a splinter group of Al Qaeda on Wednesday bombed a large Shiite Muslim shrine in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, activists reported.

45 people died in the August blasts and more than 800 were injured. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

21 people on Wednesday were convicted for their role in the deadly double blast that targeted two mosques in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli last summer. 45 people died in the attacks.

Assad publicly expressed earlier this month that he hopes the next Lebanese president "would support the resistance axis" (File Archive/AFP)
09:15 GMT

A report was released Wednesday that indicates that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's administration has called on its Lebanese allies to prevent the neighboring countries elections.

March 25, 2014

Lebanese army soldiers take positions near the capital's Tariq Jedideh district, following clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus factions on March 23, 2014. The Syrian conflict is increasingly spilling over into Lebanon. (ANWAR AMRO/AFP)
12:22 GMT

Two rockets fired from Syria hit Tuesday the outskirts of Hor Taala, near the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek, security sources said.

Syria's chemical weapons stockpile was allegedly used to gas the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in August 2013. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed satisfaction with the progress in the operation to remove Syria's chemical weapons.

March 24, 2014

Tripoli is experiencing increased violence because of the conflict in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:06 GMT

The Lebanese Army defused two sticks of dynamite found at the Lebanese University in Tripoli. No one was injured.

Lebanese soldiers are seen deployed on a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 14, 2014. Two people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl, in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, the day before. The death toll has now risen to 26 over 12 days. (AFP)
12:32 GMT

Over the past 12 days of clashes in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli, 26 people - most of them civilians - have lost their lives.

Syrian army fighters celebrate shortly after troops loyal to President Bashar Assad took full control of the strategic town of Yabroud. (AFP)
07:11 GMT

Three rebel bomb experts and four of their bodyguards were killed by a Hezbollah ambush on Sunday in the strategic Qalamoun region, near Syria's border with Lebanon.

March 23, 2014

Hezbollah fighters have supported the Syrian regime inside the neighboring country's civil war, most recently helping Damascus secure victory in Yabroud over rebel forces (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Hezbollah officials told media outlets Sunday that the recent Syrian regime victory in Yabroud will "curb suicide and car bombings in Lebanon" as a result.

The army has since intervened in the clashes, naharnet.com reported. (AFP/File)
06:44 GMT

Dawn clashes in Beirut between Salafists and supporters of the Arab Movement leader caused the death of one person on Sunday morning. At least 10 more were injured.

March 22, 2014

Lebanon's coalition government recently won a vote of confidence from Parliament. (AFP/File)
06:12 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama called Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam to congratulate him on the formation of the coalition government and to stress the importance of holding democratic elections.

March 21, 2014

The Syrian conflict has increasingly pulled neighboring countries such as Lebanon into the three-year-old civil war, putting a strain on the government's ability to operate properly. (photo courtesy: theguardian.com)
18:40 GMT

Members of the international community have expressed frustration at Lebanon's inability to move forward with several development projects.

March 20, 2014

Lebanon's government ended a nearly 11-month standoff in February when it announced the formation of a new cabinet (AFP/File)
17:43 GMT

The new Cabinet easily won a confidence vote in parliament.