Lebanon & Syria

May 25, 2014

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman reviews the honor guard as he leaves the presidential palace in Baabda on the last day of his presidential mandate on May 24, 2014. Suleiman called on parliamentarians to elect a successor without delay, as his mandate comes to a end amid huge divide between the country's two main camps. (AFP PHOTO/ANWAR AMRO)
07:52 GMT

With President Michel Suleiman’s term in office coming to an end on Sunday, Lebanon is officially entering a “presidential vacuum,” with rival March 14 Alliance and March 8 Alliance lawmakers so far unable to choose the next head of state.

May 22, 2014

Lebanon will enter an official "political vacuum" by Monday if no president is elected before then (File Archive/AFP)
11:20 GMT

No vote could be held to elect Lebanon's next president due to a lack of quorum in the country's parliament Thursday.

May 21, 2014

Lebanese security forces check cars in Bekaa Valley (File/AFP)
17:26 GMT

Lebanon's army announced it arrested 18 Syrians over a three-day period for entering the country with fake documents.

Over 1 million Syrian refugees now live in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

A lack of funding has caused many Lebanese medical institutions to turn away Syrian refugees who need medical assistance.

Lawmakers have failed multiple times to successfully elect a successor to President Michel Sleiman. (AFP/File)
11:41 GMT

Hezbollah MPs will boycott Thursday's parliamentary session to elect a new president.

Palestinian refugees are an estimated 10% of Lebanon's population. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT

Eight human rights organizations have asked Lebanon to halt their deportation of Palestinian refugees who are fleeing the Syrian civil war.

May 20, 2014

Lebanese soldiers have been frequently targeted by gunmen in the restive northern city of Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
14:08 GMT

At least eight Lebanese soldiers were wounded in an ambush in the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday.

Lebanese officials say Israel has violated UN Council Resolution 1701. (AFP/File)
07:09 GMT

Lebanon is filing complaints with the U.N. over Israel's violation of its sovereignty.

May 18, 2014

The rifles were granted to Lebanon as part of a military deal with Washington. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT

The United States has provided the Lebanese army with hundreds of new rifles as a part of a military deal between Washington and Beirut.

Hermel is hit rather frequently by rockets from Syria's war (File Archive)
07:31 GMT

Rockets from the neighboring war in Syria hit Lebanese towns Hermel and Arsal Saturday evening. No casualties were reported.

May 17, 2014

Over one million Syrian refugees currently reside in Lebanon according to the UN (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon is preparing a plan to address the high numbers of Syrian refugees in the country, Friday.

May 15, 2014

There are over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, making up at least 27% of the population (File/AFP)
13:42 GMT

Lebanon is due to limit the number of Syrian refugees entering the country, according to the Trade and Economy Minister Alain Hakim.

Parliament will reconvene on May 22 for a fifth round of elections. (AFP/File)
13:07 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers failed, for a fourth time in a row, to elect a new president.

May 14, 2014

Over one million Syrian refugees are now registered in Lebanon (File/AFP)
16:29 GMT

Japan's government has donated $4.3 million to Syrian refugees in Lebanon to help the "most vulnerable children and families" affected by the crisis.

Despite bombings in some areas of the country, Lebanon remains a popular tourist destination. (AFP/File)
07:58 GMT

Saudi Arabia will most likely lift the travel ban on Lebanon at the end of May.