Lebanon & Syria

June 10, 2014

Syrian forces targeted opposition posts along the border with Lebanon overnight (Image: Alalam)
12:06 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided the border with Lebanon overnight in the Eastern Mountain range, according to Voice of Lebanon Radio.

June 9, 2014

This is the sixth time the parliament has failed to elect a president. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT

Lebanese parliament's latest attempt to elect a president has failed again.

Former Syria Peace Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says that the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia were reluctant to assist his efforts in securing peace (AFP/ File).
07:51 GMT

Former Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has predicted that Syria, a country increasingly being run by warlords, faces becoming a failed state similar to Somalia.

Syria’s ambassador  to the United Nations  had recently complained that  people from as far away as  New Zealand had been lured to fight in the war  raging in Syria (AFP/ File).
06:54 GMT

New Zealand media have reported that its first citizen has been killed in Syria. Its Foreign Ministry is yet to provide further details.

June 8, 2014

Lebanon has failed to pick a new president in recent weeks because of the absence of a consensus among political rivals. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour says he is not confident that an agreement on the presidential election will be reached soon.

June 7, 2014

Hezbollah's leader called the recent Syrian elections "historic" and said no political solution could be reached without President Assad (File/AFP)
15:08 GMT

Hasan Nasrallah said during a speech Friday that Lebanon shouldn't rely on Saudi-Iranian talks to solve the election of a new president.

June 6, 2014

Former Lebanon PM Saad Hariri called the Syrian election a "farce" (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Saad Hariri on Thursday criticized Bashar al-Assad's victory in the Syrian elections as a "farce".

June 5, 2014

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in makeshift camps (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The UN's Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly, expressed disappointment with Beirut's plans to build refugee camps along the border with Syria.

The 14-year-old Syrian boy's body was found dumped at the side of a road in east Lebanon (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front killed and dumped the body of a 14-year-old Syrian boy on a roadside, east of Lebanon, according to security sources.

Spillover violence from Syria caused the Lebanese government to implement a new security plan in Tripoli in April. (AFP/File)
12:57 GMT

The Lebanese Army has detained several people in Tripoli for cheering about Assad's recent presidential victory.

June 4, 2014

Lebanon is home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
15:52 GMT

Saudi Arabia's envoy to Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri said Wednesday that a new aid program for Syrian refugees would provide $1.8 million over the next six months along with additional shelter and food.

This is John Kerry's first visit to Lebanon as Secretary of State. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

John Kerry has arrived in Beirut.

Lebanon has welcome millions of refugees into the country, but the drastic population increase has caused severe strain on the Lebanese economy. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

The Lebanese Social Affairs Minister announced Wednesday that Lebanon would now only receive refugees who are fleeing from nearby border areas in Syria.

Hasan Nasrallah is expected to deliver a speech during the memorial service of a Shia sheikh, Friday (File/AFP)
12:51 GMT

Hasan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Shia group Hezbollah, will deliver a speech Friday during a memorial ceremony.

June 3, 2014

In the past two weeks, seven Hezbollah members have now been killed fighting in Syria (File/AFP)
12:31 GMT

An additional four Hezbollah members were killed in Syria violence Tuesday, bringing the death toll up to seven in the past two weeks from the Lebanese Shia group.