Lebanon & Syria

August 3, 2013

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri (AFP file photo)
06:44 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri proposed Friday the formation of a government excluding his Future Movement and Hezbollah as a means to break the Cabinet deadlock

August 2, 2013

LEBANON, BAABDA : Lebanese people and journalists inspect the damage at a private residence where one of two rockets fired from an unknown location exploded in the early hours of August 2, 2013, just metres from an entrance to the presidential palace in Baabda, around eight kilometres southeast of the Lebanese capital Beirut.  AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
10:20 GMT

At least two rockets were fired near the Lebanese capital Thursday, with no reported casualties.

August 1, 2013

An Israeli F-15 (source: Wikimedia Commons / Alexey Goral)
11:14 GMT

The New York Times reported Israel is likely to attack Syrian missiles.

A Syrian government forces soldier eats a sandwich on July 31, 2013 in the al-Khalidiyah district of Syria's central city of Homs. (AFP)
08:47 GMT

Syria will allow a UN team to visit three sites across the country in an investigation into claims that the regime is using chemical weapons.

Syrian President Bashar Assad told his supporters that he is confident in their ability to remove the rebels. Assad is seen here in Paris in 2008. (Getty)
08:18 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday said he is confident in the ability of his troops to be victorious over the rebels.

Lebanese Army Commander General Jean Kahwagi (Lebanese Army Website, HO)
07:10 GMT

Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi blasted politicians Wednesday for undermining the country’s political process, saying their behavior had made the extension of his term inevitable.

A picture taken on July 18, 2013 shows Kurdish opposition fighters attending a ceremony the northern Syrian border village of al Qamishli (AFP/STR)
06:51 GMT

An al-Qaeda-linked group took around 200 Kurdish civilians after violent clashes with Kurdish fighters in Syria,

July 31, 2013

Lebanese army soliders. (AFP/File)
21:29 GMT

One Lebanese solider was killed and another was wounded after the army launched an offensive against fugitives in Bekaa.

Former Lebanese intelligence minister Michel Samaha (Image capture from YouTube video)
10:38 GMT

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr rejected on Wednesday a request to release former Information Minister Michel Samaha over the seriousness of his crime.

Lebanese parliament building (AFP file photo)
09:09 GMT

The monthslong paralysis that has hit Parliament and the Cabinet could lead to the collapse of state institutions as well as to the proliferation of corruption

A young Syrian boy plays with a tyre at the Arsal refugee camp on June 14, 2013 in Lebanon (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT

The Lebanese government has begun to implement a stricter border policy to regulate the entrance of Syrian refugees into Lebanon.

Lebanese Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji speaks during a ceremony in Yarzeh, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Lebanese Army Website, HO)
08:05 GMT

Caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn is expected on Wednesday to issue a decision to extend the mandate of Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji for two years after the parliament failed to take such a move.

July 30, 2013

A Syrian widow eats dinner with her children at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AFP)
10:18 GMT

The increasing burdens caused by the soaring number of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their country to Lebanon prompted the Lebanese state to prepare for a conference in cooperation with the U.N. refugees agency

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Jacksonville Port July 25, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida (AFP)
08:59 GMT

US President Barack Obama said Monday that the continual transfer of weapons to Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah is constituting a threat to the US.

EREZ CROSSING-DECEMBER 31:Palestinian Arabs carry Palestinian flags during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border on Dec 31 2009. (Sutterstock/ChameleonsEye)
08:56 GMT

Hamas official Ahmad Youssef revealed to the press that his movement has been conducting meetings with Hezbollah and Iran to repair their relationship.