Lebanon & Syria

May 28, 2014

President Michel Suleiman's six-year term ended on Sunday. His predecessor is yet to be elected, causing a power vaccum and insecurity in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq has said that a security plan for Beirut is expected to witness light in June as another cabinet minister stressed that no party wants to create chaos.

May 27, 2014

Azraq refugee camp is Jordan's newest camp for Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

The UNHCR says Jordan's Azraq refugee camp is now home to over 6,000 Syrian refugees.

May 26, 2014

Suleiman must leave the Kingdom within 24 hours (File Archive/AFP)
13:05 GMT

Jordan expelled the Syrian ambassador Bahjat Suleiman from the Kingdom Monday.

Russia has not yet agreed with the rest of the Security Council on the French draft resolution (File Archive/AFP)
09:39 GMT

The UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution from France that pushes for a new head of state in Lebanon in order to avoid a presidential vacuum.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said that the Syrian regime hit the areas of al-Ajram and Wadi al-Zaarour with six rockets. (AFP/File)
09:32 GMT

Syrian warplanes raided on Monday the outskirts of the border town of Arsal in northern Bekaa with several rockets.

May 25, 2014

Nasrallah and former president Sleiman's relations have deteriorated in recent months over disagreements about Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:51 GMT

In a televised speech Sunday Nasrallah said the presidential deadlock needs to be resolved immediately.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman reviews the honor guard as he leaves the presidential palace in Baabda on the last day of his presidential mandate on May 24, 2014. Suleiman called on parliamentarians to elect a successor without delay, as his mandate comes to a end amid huge divide between the country's two main camps. (AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO)
07:52 GMT

With President Michel Suleiman’s term in office coming to an end on Sunday, Lebanon is officially entering a “presidential vacuum,” with rival March 14 Alliance and March 8 Alliance lawmakers so far unable to choose the next head of state.

May 22, 2014

Lebanon will enter an official "political vacuum" by Monday if no president is elected before then (File Archive/AFP)
11:20 GMT

No vote could be held to elect Lebanon's next president due to a lack of quorum in the country's parliament Thursday.

May 21, 2014

Lebanese security forces check cars in Bekaa Valley (File/AFP)
17:26 GMT

Lebanon's army announced it arrested 18 Syrians over a three-day period for entering the country with fake documents.

Over 1 million Syrian refugees now live in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

A lack of funding has caused many Lebanese medical institutions to turn away Syrian refugees who need medical assistance.

Lawmakers have failed multiple times to successfully elect a successor to President Michel Sleiman. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Hezbollah MPs will boycott Thursday's parliamentary session to elect a new president.

Palestinian refugees are an estimated 10% of Lebanon's population. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT

Eight human rights organizations have asked Lebanon to halt their deportation of Palestinian refugees who are fleeing the Syrian civil war.

May 20, 2014

Lebanese soldiers have been frequently targeted by gunmen in the restive northern city of Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
14:08 GMT

At least eight Lebanese soldiers were wounded in an ambush in the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday.

Lebanese officials say Israel has violated UN Council Resolution 1701. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Lebanon is filing complaints with the U.N. over Israel's violation of its sovereignty.

May 18, 2014

The rifles were granted to Lebanon as part of a military deal with Washington. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

The United States has provided the Lebanese army with hundreds of new rifles as a part of a military deal between Washington and Beirut.