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  • 8 children wounded by cluster bomb in south Lebanon
    8 children wounded by cluster bomb in south Lebanon Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Eight children were wounded on Friday, one severely, when a cluster bomb from the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah exploded in south Lebanon, security and medical officials told AFP. More »

  • Six children wounded when old bomb explodes in Lebanon Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Six children were wounded in a blast in southern Lebanon on Friday in what witnesses said appeared to be an explosion caused by old cluster bomb munitions dropped by Israeli forces during the 2006 war. The device exploded as the children were playing in the village of Zibqin, in a valley several kilometres from the frontier with Israel. Two of the children were seriously wounded and taken to hospital, the witnesses said. Israel dropped a large number of cluster bombs towards the end of the 2006 war. More »

  • Hezbollah sees Yemen strikes causing more Mideast tension Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Lebanon's Hezbollah condemned as "unjust aggression" Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen on Thursday and said it takes the region towards increased tension. The Shi'ite group, which is backed by Iran, also called on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately and unconditionally halt the strikes. "This adventure, (which) lacks wisdom and legal and legitimate justification and which is led by Saudi Arabia, is taking the region towards increased tension and dangers for the future and the present of the region," its statement said. More »

  • Lebanese army says captures militant accused of beheading soldier Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Lebanon's army said on Tuesday that it had captured two militants, one of whom beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was held by hardline Islamist gunmen along with around two dozen servicemen still in captivity. A statement from the army said that Omar Mikati and Bilal Mikati were captured on Tuesday morning and are being held on charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation and that one was suspected of killing a soldier. A Lebanese security source said both men are Lebanese. Militants affiliated to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and Islamic State are demanding the release of Islamists held by the Lebanese authorities in exchange for the captured members of the security forces. More »

  • French aid to Lebanon linked to political deadlock
    French aid to Lebanon linked to political deadlock Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    A presidential vacuum and deadlocked institutions are impeding 166 million euros ($182 million) in French development aid to Lebanon, a French minister said on Monday. More »

  • Insight - Iran expands regional 'empire' ahead of nuclear deal
    Insight - Iran expands regional 'empire' ahead of nuclear deal Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT (Reuters) - With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear programme in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focussed more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen. The man behind what some see as an attempt to create a new Persian and Shi'ite "empire" on Arab land is Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the al-Quds brigade of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Photos of Soleimani, 60, almost an invisible man until the Sunni jihadis of Islamic State (IS) overran cities in northern and central Iraq last year, are now everywhere. He is seen directing operations in the battle to recapture from IS the Sunni city of Tikrit, birthplace of Saddam Hussein. More »

  • Lebanon seizes half a tonne of radioactive sanitary towels Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    More than 550 kilograms of sanitary towels containing a radioactive substance were confiscated at Beirut international airport, officials said on Friday. The Ministry of Finance said in statement that 30 cartons of confiscated pads will be sent to the Lebanese Atomic Energy Agency for checks before being returned to the exporter. Customs officials, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to talk to the media, said that the sanitary towels were Chinese-made and delivered to Lebanon through Dubai. More »

  • UN Security Council urges help for Lebanon's Syrian refugees
    UN Security Council urges help for Lebanon's Syrian refugees Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    The UN Security Council called on the international community Thursday to help Lebanon in its efforts to host more than a million refugees from neighboring Syria. More »

  • UN envoy appeals for Syrian refugee education in Lebanon
    UN envoy appeals for Syrian refugee education in Lebanon Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Gordon Brown, UN special envoy for education, launched an international appeal Wednesday to close a funding gap and pay for the education of 500,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. More »

  • Assyrians struggle in Lebanon after fleeing IS jihadists
    Assyrians struggle in Lebanon after fleeing IS jihadists Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Waiting in an aid line outside Lebanon's capital Beirut, Assyrian Christian Francie Yaacoub remembers the well-stocked home she left behind in Syria as she fled advancing Islamic State group jihadists. More »

  • Press freedom at stake in Lebanon tribunal case, says accused
    Press freedom at stake in Lebanon tribunal case, says accused Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    By Ahmed Aboulenein and Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - The planned trial of a Lebanese journalist and her TV station over a report that allegedly hindered the work of an international tribunal could endanger press freedom in Lebanon and beyond, according to the accused and her lawyer. Karma Khayat and Al-Jadeed TV stand accused of contempt of court by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which is probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, an event that changed Lebanon's history. Hariri and 21 other people were killed in Beirut in 2005 in the deadliest of a series of attacks against critics of Syria's military dominance in Lebanon. Huge public protests over the killing pressured Syria into withdrawing troops from Lebanon after a 29-year presence. More »

  • Syrian army in attack on Nusra Front-linked fighters - state media
    Syrian army in attack on Nusra Front-linked fighters - state media Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Syria's military targeted a group of combatants linked to al Qaeda's Nusra Front late on Saturday in southern Syria, state media reported, saying that dozens including three senior members of the group had been killed. Syria's army and allied combatants from Lebanon's Hezbollah launched a large-scale offensive in the region last month against insurgent groups, including Nusra Front and non-jihadist rebels. Southern Syria is one of the last areas where mainstream rebels opposing President Bashar al-Assad have a foothold. "The army... targeted a gathering of terrorists from a group affiliated with Nusra Front in al-Sweiseh in the Quneitra countryside, killing dozens of terrorists including three of their leaders," state news agency SANA said. More »

  • Lebanon lawmakers fail to pick president for 20th time
    Lebanon lawmakers fail to pick president for 20th time Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Lebanon's parliament failed for the 20th time Wednesday to elect a president, after more than nine months with no head of state because of tensions linked to war-torn neighbour Syria. More »

  • Kerry tries to reassure Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks
    Kerry tries to reassure Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday Washington was not seeking a "grand bargain" with Iran, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in their interests. The United State's Gulf allies, particularly the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are concerned that Shi'ite Iran will gain from any agreement to end years of dispute over its nuclear ambitions. "Even as we engage in these discussions with Iran around its nuclear programme, we will not take our eye off of Iran's other destabilising actions in places like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula, Yemen particularly," Kerry said after meeting Saudi King Salman and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. More »

  • Lebanon authorises entry for 20 Assyrians fleeing IS
    Lebanon authorises entry for 20 Assyrians fleeing IS Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Lebanon made an exception to its border restrictions on Syrian refugees Tuesday to allow in some 20 Assyrian Christians fleeing the Islamic State group, a priest said. More »

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal
    Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed and Angus McDowall MONTREUX, Switzerland/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region. Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies and to maintain its role as a moderating influence in oil markets. While the main critics of the U.S. push for a nuclear deal with Iran are Israel and Congressional Republicans, Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia is also concerned that an accord would allow Iran to devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, escalating conflicts. More »

  • Lebanese soldier and militant killed in shootout in north - sources Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A Lebanese soldier and a wanted militant were killed in an exchange of gunfire in northern Lebanon on Tuesday, security sources and a medic said. The militant, Abdulrahman Tamar, was wanted in connection with several days of fighting with the army last October in the northern city of Tripoli and surrounding areas including the village of Bhanin, where he was killed on Tuesday. More »

  • Gunmen kill brother of Alawite politician in Lebanon
    Gunmen kill brother of Alawite politician in Lebanon Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Gunmen killed a brother of the founder of Lebanon's main Alawite party in an attack in the country's north on Monday, security sources and a spokesman for the party said. More »

  • Lebanese synagogue's second life as home for destitute
    Lebanese synagogue's second life as home for destitute Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    In an alleyway in the Old City of Lebanon's southern city of Sidon, a run-down synagogue that once served a vibrant Jewish community now houses destitute Syrian and Palestinian families. More »

  • States fail to protect civilians from militant violence - Amnesty Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments are failing to protect millions of civilians from violence by states and armed groups, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, describing the global response to widespread conflict from Nigeria to Syria as "shameful and ineffective". A year of catastrophic violence had led to one of the worst refugee crises in history, as the number of displaced people worldwide topped 50 million for the first time since the end of the World War Two, the rights group said in its annual report. Almost 4 million refugees have fled a four-year civil war in Syria, and about 95 percent are being hosted by Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, according to the U.N. refugee agency, which has repeatedly urged rich nations to take more refugees. "As people suffered an escalation in barbarous attacks and repression, the international community has been found wanting," Amnesty secretary general Salil Shetty said in a statement. More »

  • Jordan sends military aid to Lebanon
    Jordan sends military aid to Lebanon Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Jordan has delivered heavy military equipment to Lebanon's armed forces to bolster their fight against jihadist militants crossing from Syria, the army said Tuesday. More »

  • Jerusalem weather: Picture-postcard pretty photos of the Holy Land's ancient …
    Jerusalem weather: Picture-postcard pretty photos of the Holy Land's ancient … Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    A heavy winter storm covered parts of the Middle East in snow, forcing the closure of all roads leading in and out of Jerusalem and sprinkling Israel's desert with a rare layer of white. Snow also fell in parts of the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria as a cold front swept through the region. The Holy Land's ancient sites were picture-postcard pretty. Snow capped the golden Dome of the Rock, a Muslim site in Jerusalem, dusted the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site, and blanketed the Nativity Church in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born. More »