Lebanon & Syria

January 16, 2015

Syrian refugees have been hit hard with freezing winter temperatures in Lebanon, where inadequate housing has already resulted in several casualties. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT

Rama Tahran, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee living in a makeshift cap in Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek, passed away Thursday after winter temperatures dipped below freezing.

January 15, 2015

The incident follows a suicide attack on a cafe in Tripoli, Lebanon that killed nine people. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

The Lebanese army arrested three suspects using fake identification for plotting a series of suicide attacks.

Lebanon, an already fragile country, is hosting over a million refugees. (AFP/Getty Images)
17:27 GMT

Fifty-year-old Rama Tahran died in a refugee camp in the eastern city of Baalbek on Thursday due to extremely cold temperatures.

During a visit, International Committee for the Red Cross President Peter Maurer met with Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam and discussed the prisoner crisis as well as Lebanon's controversial new visa policy for incoming Syrians. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT

During a visit to Lebanon, a top official to the organization said the International Committee for the Red Cross could help in securing the release of Lebanese servicemen still held hostage from clashes in Lebanon's northeastern border town of Arsal through a prisoner exchange.

January 14, 2015

Police denied reports about casualties among the prisoners during the raids. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
16:24 GMT

Families of the inmates held in the terrorist bloc of Roumieh demand to see the prisoners following police raids.

January 13, 2015

Saturday's attack on a crowded Tripoli cafe left at least nine people dead and over thirty wounded. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT

Following Saturday's deadly cafe blast in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, the Lebanese army announced Tuesday night it had arrested a Lebanese national they believe was plotting another attack on the northern city.

Winter conditions hit Lebanon's refugees hard last week, with inadequate clothing and shelter leaving many ill-equipped. (AFP/File)
18:46 GMT

More than one thousand Syrian families in Lebanon's Akkar were given emergency winter aid by a Qatari delegation Tuesday, according to country's state news agency.

January 12, 2015

Roumieh holds about 3,700 prisoners, many of whom are convicted Islamist militants. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
09:00 GMT

Lebanese police stormed Roumieh, the country's largest prison, searching for the assailants behind the twin suicide bombings at a restaurant in the Alawite city of Tripoli.

January 11, 2015

The twin suicide attacks occurred in a majority Alawite neighborhood of Tripoli, Lebanon. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
10:00 GMT

A precarious calm spread over the northern city of Tripoli Sunday as the Army beefed up security measures in the aftermath of a twin suicide bombing that rocked a crowded cafe the night before.

Security forces are investigating the suicide attack in northern Lebanon. (Photo: AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded cafe in Tripoli, Lebanon, killing at least nine people.

January 9, 2015

"The behavior of the takfiri groups that claim to follow Islam have distorted Islam, the Quran and the Muslim nation more than Islam’s enemies," Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah said. (AFP/File)
22:15 GMT

Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah said "takfiri terrorist groups" are more threatening to Islam than "cartoons of the Prophet."

Andrew Parker made the comments following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. (AFP/File)
14:21 GMT

Director General of MI5 Andrew Parker warned Al Qaeda was planning complex attacks against the West. He claimed the attacks are "ambitious plots," which seek to "cause large scale loss of life."

January 8, 2015

Workers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), clear snow close to the Israeli border, January 7, 2015. (AFP/File)
00:02 GMT

A six-year-old Syrian boy was among three refugees found frozen to death on Lebanon's border after being caught in a snow storm.

January 7, 2015

According to the UNHCR report, the global refugee population is the highest since 1996. (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)
15:17 GMT

The United Nations has declared that Syrians have surpassed Afghans as the second largest refugee population after Palestinians, fleeing to over 100 nations to escape the foreign-backed war in their country.

Quorum was met during the first legislative session to elect a president in April, but no candidate received enough votes to win. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
12:59 GMT

Elections have been postponed again until January 28th due to lack of consensus on a presidential candidate.