Lebanon & Syria

May 12, 2014

Speaker Nabih Berri recently met with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly. (AFP/File)
15:44 GMT

The U.N. voiced its concern over Lebanon's elections in a recent meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri.

President Michel Suleiman's six-year term ends on May 25. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT

Several high-profile ambassadors in Lebanon are scheduled to meet in Beirut next week to discuss what will happen if Lebanon fails to elect a president within the constitutional deadline.

May 11, 2014

Lebanon is currently home to one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The UN and Lebanese authorities on Saturday discussed the possibility of setting up refugee camps to assist the one million Syrian refugees in the country.

May 9, 2014

There was a 25 percent increase of homeless youths in Tel Aviv last year (File/AFP)
10:53 GMT

Israeli homeless teenagers are on the rise in Tel Aviv, while young people in the occupied Palestinian territories fall victim to sexual violence, a report says.

May 8, 2014

The late Prime Minister was killed in a bomb attack in 2005 (File Archive/AFP)
07:37 GMT

The trial for the five suspects accused of involvement in the assassination of former Prime MInister Rafik Hariri will not resume their hearing until late June.

May 7, 2014

Current President Michel Suleiman's term ends in a matter of weeks. (AFP/File)
13:35 GMT

Lebanese parliament failed for a third time in a row to elect a new president on Wednesday.

Lebanese officials vowed to tighten security along the country's border despite the neighboring Syrian conflict spilling over (File/AFP)
11:10 GMT

Syrian warplanes on Wednesday raided the outskirts of a Lebanese border town where rebels are believed to be hiding. No casualties were reported, security officials say.

May 6, 2014

No candidate has yet received the necessary two-thirds majority of MP votes to succeed President Michel Sleiman (File Archive/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Lebanese parliamentarians will try to elect a president for a third time Wednesday.

Many refugees in Lebanon's town of Arsal faced severe winter conditions in late 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
19:07 GMT

Militants from the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front kidnapped four Syrians from a refugee camp in the Lebanese border town of Arsal Tuesday evening.

More than one million refugees from Syria are registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Lebanon's Central Security Council has called on the General Security to design a new framework to govern the entry of refugees from Syria into Lebanon Tuesday based on a set of "clear standards."

Walid Jumblatt has urged the Syrian National Coalition to take a stance against alleged cooperation with Israel (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has criticized reports of alleged cooperation between Syrian rebels and Israel, calling it "a very dangerous issue."

Syrian President Bashar Assad will be running against two other candidates in the elections. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT

The U.S. government conveyed a clear message to the Lebanese government asking it not to facilitate the voting process of thousands of Syrians living in Lebanese territories in the Syrian elections next month.

May 3, 2014

Lebanon is struggling to deal with overwhelming numbers of refugees in the country (File/AFP)
11:25 GMT

Forty-nine Syrian and Palestinian refugees were detained in Lebanon's airport on Saturday for allegedly attempting to illegally leave the country.

May 2, 2014

Baalbek town is in the Bekaa Valley where violence has erupted from neighboring Syria in recent months (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Three Hezbollah members have reportedly been captured by Sunni militant group Liwaa Ahrar al-Sunna close to the Syrian border.

Despite calls for aid by officials, Lebanon's former PM Saad Hariri was praised for pledging to support a rehabilitation plan in the country (File/AFP)
12:48 GMT

Officials from Tripoli desperately requested aid and emergency assistance on Friday after people in the city have been affected by weeks of violence.