Lebanon & Syria

Today

Lebanese soldiers drive to the entrance of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 3, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Two men with alleged links to extremist groups were arrested by Lebanese forces in the border town of Arsal Thursday.

December 24, 2014

Lebanon has been without a president since Michel Suleiman stood down in May 2014. (AFP/File)
22:00 GMT

France will send a top Middle East official to Lebanon early next year in an attempt to end the country's presidential deadlock.

Three fishermen were detained by Syrian naval forces on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Three fishermen were fired upon by the Syrian navy off the coast of northern Lebanon Wednesday. Sources say the fishermen were detained while their boat was seized.

Various types of drugs, scales, and mobile phones were recovered by police. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT

Police found plethora of illicit substances at a home in Fanar, a suburb of Beirut.

December 23, 2014

Bassem Youssef was named one of "100 most influential people in the world" by Time magazine in 2013. (AFP/File)
18:31 GMT

Bassem Youssef and his company Q-Soft were fined millions of dollars by The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration for poking fun at Egypt's military leaders.

Approximately 30 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants from the Nusra Front and Daesh in early August. (AFP/File)
15:35 GMT

Sheikh Naim Qassem prioritized the need for discretion in negotiating the release of Lebanese servicemen held by jihadists.

Lebanon hosts over a million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas says the almost four-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria has cost his country more than USD 20 billion.

December 21, 2014

The Air Algerie plane was found in Mali shortly after it crashed in late July, 2014. (AFP/File)
15:46 GMT

The twenty Lebanese nationals who died in the Air Algerie plane crash this summer returned to Lebanon on Sunday afternoon.

December 20, 2014

Bombings in 2006 caused an oil spill which polluted over 80 kilometers of the Lebanese coastline. (AFP/File)
08:54 GMT

The UN General Assembly said $856.4 million should be paid from Israel to Lebanon Friday as compensation for an oil spill caused during the 2006 war.

December 17, 2014

Syrian air strikes killed 11 during ISIL and Nusra Front clashes on the border with Lebanon. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT

Syrian air force raids killed 11 people while ISIL and Nusra Front clashed on the border with Lebanon, putting security forces on high alert Wednesday.

Lebanon's army battled fierce clashes along the country's borders with Syria in September. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Iran's government said it was awaiting a vote from Lebanese authorities on accepting military aid Tuesday.

December 14, 2014

Pro-government forces captured territory north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT

Syrian forces seized territory north of Aleppo, while rebel forces capture three government checkpoints.

New demands have been issued for the servicemen's release, including the release of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife, who is currently in Lebanese custody. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.

Family members of captive Lebanese servicemen demonstrate for their safe return. At least 25 are still being held captive by Nusra Front and ISIL militants, who are calling for a massive prisoner exchange. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT

After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.

Lebanese authorities have cracked down on Islamists in recent months amid rising tensions following the October attacks in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT

Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.