Lebanon & Syria

June 15, 2014

Lebanese security forces are ramping up security in border towns like Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese authorities are increasing security in border regions and adopting preventive measures to avoid spillover violence from Iraq and Syria.

June 13, 2014

The Al Qaeda affiliated group was behind a number of killings in Lebanon in recent months (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

A Syrian refugee was killed while two others were kidnapped in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley by militants from radical group, Al Nusra Front.

June 12, 2014

Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad says that Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun was “patriotic, non confessional and believes in the resistance" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has voiced his support for Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun amidst Lebanon´s ongoing presidential vaccum following Michel Suleiman´s departure from the position on May 25.

June 11, 2014

Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front.
15:00 GMT

Six people kidnapped from a quarry in the east Lebanon village of Ras Baalbek were released yesterday. Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front (AFP/ File).

June 10, 2014

Ten Syrians and two Lebanese people are believed to be among the abducted (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Up to 12 people were kidnapped in Lebanon by masked Syrian gunmen, security sources said.

Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT

Prime Minister Tammam Salam denied on Tuesday that the U.S. warned of repercussions of establishing Syrian refugee camps inside Lebanon.

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.