Lebanon & Syria

July 25, 2013

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location on July 24, 2013 (AFP/AL-MANAR)
08:36 GMT

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah wrote off Wednesday the recent European Union decision to blacklist the military wing of his group

July 24, 2013

Spanish peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol in their armoured vehicles near a placard of Hezbollah (AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
07:16 GMT

Mixed reactions to the decision continued to be issued by Lebanese leaders from across the political spectrum, further highlighting the rift in the country’s internal politics.

Fatima (C) a Syrian refugee widow, who lost her husband during the fighting in Homs, and her daughters have their Ramadan dinner in their makeshift room in a neighborhood of the Lebanese coastal city of Tripoli (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
06:57 GMT

As of July 22, the UN says over 633,000 Syrians escaping their war-torn country have crossed into Lebanon.

July 23, 2013

Lebanese Parliament building (AFP file photo)
08:25 GMT

the decision came in light of a series of meetings held between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and senior officials in al-Mustaqbal (The Future) movement.

Will the EU's move to blacklist Hezbollah have any real consequences? (source: Wikimedia Commons)
08:16 GMT

Will the EU's move have any real consequences?

An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013 near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. (AFP/MANDEL NGAN/POOL)
07:50 GMT

The drop has sparked rising concerns among relief officials of a “mass build-up” of hundreds of Syrians unable to cross into Jordan.

A poster that reads in Arabic, "break the wall of silence" (TOP) and "there is no excuse, every woman has the right to protection from violence" is held up at the offices of the Lebanese Council to Resist Violence Against Women (AFP/RAMZI HAIDAR)
07:17 GMT

The activists also vowed to continue fighting to see the law strengthened and expanded.

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06:56 GMT

Despite outlining the options, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey stressed that the decision of whether to go to war was one for civilian leaders.

July 22, 2013

 Palestinian children collect stones to be thrown at their friends as they play a 'war' game in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, 2009.  JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)
14:54 GMT

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has decided to terminate its "emergency program" for the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in North Lebanon.

Relatives and officials pay respect on July 18, 2013 to a memorial dedicated to the five Israeli and one Bulgarian victims of a suicide blast which targeted on July 18, 2012 a bus of Israeli tourists at Burgas airport, southeast Bulgaria. A year after, Bulgaria is struggling to identify the attacker or confirm his suspected links to Hezbollah or Iran. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)
13:49 GMT

The EU voted unanimously to ban the military wing of Hezbollah Monday

 Syrian deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister in Moscow (AFP/KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV)
12:43 GMT

Russia is considering extending a loan to Damascus and is still committed to delivering S-300 missiles in defiance of the West

Future Movement leader and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri (Photo: AFP - Patrick Baz)
09:48 GMT

Speaker Nabih Berri called on former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Sunday to return to Lebanon, as a Future Movement delegation discussed their strategy on the Cabinet formation.

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows bodies of rebel fighters after being ambushed by government forces in the industrial city of Adra outside Damascus (AFP/HO/SANA)
07:21 GMT

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said its casualty toll included 11 children and nine women.

Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (AFP file photo)
06:58 GMT

EU foreign ministers decide Monday whether to blacklist the military wing of Hizbullah, with an eye also on the conflict in Syria

July 21, 2013

A Kurdish fighter the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
16:09 GMT

Syrian Kurds release Abu Musaab leader in ceasefire