Lebanon & Syria

May 6, 2014

No candidate has yet received the necessary two-thirds majority of MP votes to succeed President Michel Sleiman (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Lebanese parliamentarians will try to elect a president for a third time Wednesday.

Many refugees in Lebanon's town of Arsal faced severe winter conditions in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
19:07 GMT

Militants from the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front kidnapped four Syrians from a refugee camp in the Lebanese border town of Arsal Tuesday evening.

More than one million refugees from Syria are registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Lebanon's Central Security Council has called on the General Security to design a new framework to govern the entry of refugees from Syria into Lebanon Tuesday based on a set of "clear standards."

Walid Jumblatt has urged the Syrian National Coalition to take a stance against alleged cooperation with Israel (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has criticized reports of alleged cooperation between Syrian rebels and Israel, calling it "a very dangerous issue."

Syrian President Bashar Assad will be running against two other candidates in the elections. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT

The U.S. government conveyed a clear message to the Lebanese government asking it not to facilitate the voting process of thousands of Syrians living in Lebanese territories in the Syrian elections next month.

May 3, 2014

Lebanon is struggling to deal with overwhelming numbers of refugees in the country (File/AFP)
11:25 GMT

Forty-nine Syrian and Palestinian refugees were detained in Lebanon's airport on Saturday for allegedly attempting to illegally leave the country.

May 2, 2014

Baalbek town is in the Bekaa Valley where violence has erupted from neighboring Syria in recent months (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Three Hezbollah members have reportedly been captured by Sunni militant group Liwaa Ahrar al-Sunna close to the Syrian border.

Despite calls for aid by officials, Lebanon's former PM Saad Hariri was praised for pledging to support a rehabilitation plan in the country (File/AFP)
12:48 GMT

Officials from Tripoli desperately requested aid and emergency assistance on Friday after people in the city have been affected by weeks of violence.

April 30, 2014

Syria refugees flee across the dangerous border into Lebanon for safety (File/AFP)
15:07 GMT

Five Lebanese soldiers were injured on Wednesday when they were attacked by gunmen near the Rahwa region, bordering with Syria.

Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned the second round and scheduled the third round for May 7. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers failed to elect a new president and have set the third round of voting for May 7.

Last week's attempt to elect the country's next president failed after the necessary quorum of MPs present at the session fell short (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's Change and Reform bloc hinted Tuesday that they may not attend the parliamentary session set for Wednesday to elect the country's next president.

April 28, 2014

The Lebanese army was deployed to Tripoli en masse earlier this year in order to restore order due to increasing tensions and clashes, particularly between the Jabal Mohsen and Bab Al Tabbaneh neighborhoods (File Archive/AFP)
10:50 GMT

A Lebanese judge has requested the death penalty for 32 suspects who have been allegedly involved in arm clashes in the northern city of Tripoli.

April 27, 2014

The UN-OPCW mission visited Syria's chemical weapon facilities in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
12:48 GMT

Syria still possesses nearly eight percent of its chemical weapons stockpile as Damascus' own self-imposed deadline for the arsenal's removal expired Sunday.

Lebanese army soldiers were deployed to Tripoli earlier this year to implement a new security plan to restore order to the country's restive northern city (File Archive/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Student clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli killed the school's headmaster as he tried to break up the fighting between the students. The headmaster's death represents the first of its kind in Lebanon.

April 26, 2014

Bekaa Valley is also home to thousands of Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A Bengali domestic worker was mildly injured after rockets fired from Syria landed in the outskirts of Bekaa Valley on Friday.