Lebanon & Syria
August 12, 2014
Lebanese lawmakers failed in a tenth attempt to elect a new president Tuesday, prompting Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone voting till September 2.
Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri donated $15 million to help reconstruct the besieged border town of Arsal following heavy clashes between the army and militants.
August 11, 2014
Lebanese authorities Monday said they would consider closing the border with Syria to reduce the number of refugees entering the country.
Families of soldiers kidnapped in Lebanon's border town Arsal staged a protest Sunday demanding their release as negotiations between the government and militants continue.
August 9, 2014
Hariri met with several foreign envoys Saturday, including US and Canadian ambassadors and representatives from European Union, to address how Lebanon planned to 'fight terrorism' and assist armed forced with the $1 billion Saudi grant offered to the Lebanese Army earlier this week.
The Lebanese army has taken back control of several posts in northeastern Lebanon, but ISIS has yet to release 25 hostages taken in clashes.
August 8, 2014
Armed men who retreated to Syria from the northeastern border town of Arsal after intensified clashes with the Lebanese army have taken hostage more than 35 soldiers and policemen in an attempt to exchange them.
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon called for greater coordination between Syria's army and Lebanon's army Thursday.
August 7, 2014
The Committee of Muslim Scholars said negotiations were ongoing to release the captured soldiers held by jihadists since clashes erupted over the weekend.
Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of denying entry to or forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees.
At least 1,000 Syrian refugee families were transported back to Syria with the help of Syrian and Lebanese authorities.
Police in Lebanon's Arsal found at least 30 charred bodies in a Syrian refugee camp, a security source confirmed Thursday.
ISIS militants agreed to leave the Lebanese border town of Arsal within 24 hours, according to a source while three additional captured soldiers were freed as part of the truce deal.
August 6, 2014
Lebanese forces continued to battle ISIS jihadists in the bordering town of Arsal Wednesday despite a withdrawal of Nusra Front militants from the area.
At least 16 people, including two children, have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a shelling by foreign-backed militants targeting a number of areas in the Syrian capital, Damascus.