Lebanon & Syria

October 25, 2014

Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT

Fresh clashes have erupted between the Lebanese army and militants in the northern city of Tripoli.

October 23, 2014

The doctor responsible for "testing" the patient is “100 percent sure that it is not an Ebola case. (File/AFP)
20:12 GMT

Patient tested at Rafik Hariri hospital tested negative for Ebola, but the hospital conducted a drill causing confusion.

Rafik Hariri University Hospital, where a patient showing symptoms of Ebola is being tested. (File/AFP)
14:27 GMT

A patient showing multiple symptoms of Ebola is being tested at Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital for the virus.

Several Lebanese soldiers defected to IS and Nusra Front in recent weeks, causing concern in the army (File/AFP)
12:19 GMT

Lebanon's army on Thursday vowed to tackle terrorists trying to use the country as a "safe haven" for launching attacks.

Lebanese officials had announced a sharp cap on Syrian refugee intakes this week (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

The UNHCR representative for Lebanon insisted the country's borders are still open to Syrian refugees days after officials announced a cap on those fleeing the Assad conflict.

October 22, 2014

The Lebanese army has received numerous donation pledges in recent months, the largest two coming from Saudi Arabia with pledges' combined total of $4 billion. (AFP/File)
17:10 GMT

The United Kingdom donated $16 million worth of military equipment to the Lebanese army to defend the country's eastern border from jihadist threat.

October 21, 2014

At least 1.13 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in Lebanon (File/AFP)
12:55 GMT

Lebanon's Social Affair Minister said no more Syrian refugees would be allowed in the country following the mass influx of people fleeing the neighboring conflict.

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 18, 2014

Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.

Between September 16 and midnight on Wednesday a total of 662 people were killed in ground fighting. (File/AFP)
18:54 GMT

Ground fighting alone has killed more than 600 combatants since Islamic State group militants launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago, a monitoring group said Thursday.

Three children were among the dead in eight air raids across a Damascus suburb (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT

Syrian regime airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus Friday killed 15 people, activists and a monitoring group said, as fierce clashes raged on several fronts in the country.

October 16, 2014

Israeli soldiers patrol along the border with Lebanon, January 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:09 GMT

Lebanese officials filed a complaint with the UN Security Council Thursday over an Israeli border attack from earlier in October.

Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi. [AFP]
08:42 GMT

The United States would respond favorably to the military needs of the poorly equipped Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has reportedly said.

October 15, 2014

Qassem said Hezbollah has had intelligence on 'takfiri' activities since 2006, but will always prioritize the 'Israeli threat' first. (AFP/File)
15:37 GMT

Hezbollah's Deputy Head Naim Qassem said Tuesday that the party was prioritizing threats from Israel above those from 'takfiri' forces in Syria.

Lebanon is home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in dire conditions across farmland or empty fields (File/AFP)
13:27 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said he would continue to support America's humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.