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  • Iran will not abandon us after nuclear deal: Hezbollah
    Iran will not abandon us after nuclear deal: Hezbollah Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Iran will not abandon Lebanon's Hezbollah movement after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers, the Shiite group's leader Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday. More »

  • Fatah colonel killed in Lebanon's largest refugee camp
    Fatah colonel killed in Lebanon's largest refugee camp Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A senior member of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement was shot dead in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon in south Lebanon Saturday, a security official said. More »

  • Beirut awash with trash after landfill protest
    Beirut awash with trash after landfill protest Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The humid summer air of Beirut has started to reek as uncollected trash piles up in the streets after protesters shut down Lebanon's largest landfill at a time of political paralysis. More »

  • Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government
    Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - The stench of uncollected refuse in the streets of Beirut is a stark reminder of the crisis of government afflicting Lebanon, where politicians divided by local and regional conflicts have been unable to agree on where to dump the capital's rubbish. Mounting piles of garbage festering in the summer heat are triggering health warnings and protests by residents furious their government failed to avoid a crisis ignited by the long-scheduled closure of a major landfill site last week. For lack of state planning, the tip at Naameh south of Beirut had already been kept open well beyond its planned closure date. More »

  • Case of missing Czechs may be related to organised crime - Lebanese ministe … Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    The disappearance of five Czech nationals in Lebanon at the weekend may be related to organised crime and the drugs and arms trade, Lebanon's interior minister was quoted as saying by The Daily Star newspaper on Thursday. The five men and their Lebanese driver were reported as missing in eastern Lebanon on Saturday, and their abandoned vehicle was found near Kefraya village. Lebanese Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk was quoted by the newspaper as telling reporters in Paris on Wednesday that an investigation had begun to make headway and the issue may be related to "mafias" and the "trade of drugs and arms". More »

  • U.N. envoy sounds alarm over battle at Syria border
    U.N. envoy sounds alarm over battle at Syria border Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    ((This July 22 story has been corrected to clarify location of Zabadani in paragraph 3)) BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy for Syria said government air strikes had caused widespread death and destruction in the city of Zabadani, the focus of an offensive by the army and its Hezbollah allies to retake the area from insurgents. Staffan de Mistura, citing local sources, said the Syrian military had dropped a large number of barrel bombs on Zabadani "causing unprecedented levels of destruction and many deaths among the civilian population". Control of the city, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus and about 10 km from the border with Lebanon, is seen as crucial to consolidating President Bashar al-Assad's control over the border zone between Lebanon and Syria. More »

  • Kidnap of Czechs appears criminal: Lebanon minister
    Kidnap of Czechs appears criminal: Lebanon minister Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Preliminary investigations into the kidnapping of five Czech citizens in Lebanon last week suggest the case is criminal, Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnuq said on Wednesday. More »

  • After Israel talks, Pentagon chief says - 'Friends can disagree' Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    By Phil Stewart JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter never expected to win over Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the merits of the nuclear agreement with Iran but tried to put a brave face on their sometimes blunt, closed-door exchange on Tuesday. "But friends can disagree." Since arriving in Israel on Sunday, Carter has sought to look beyond the political tensions between Israel and the United States that have only deepened since last week's announcement of a deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme. Carter, the first U.S. cabinet secretary to visit Israel since the deal, travelled to the northern border with Lebanon on Monday and promised to help counter Iranian proxies like Hezbollah. More »

  • U.S. imposes sanctions on Hezbollah officials for Syria support Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday imposed sanctions on three leaders of the militant group Hezbollah and a businessman in Lebanon, saying they were key players in the group's military operations in Syria. The sanctions were imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department. "The United States will continue to aggressively target (Hezbollah) for its terrorist activities worldwide as well as its ongoing support to (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad's ruthless military campaign in Syria," said Adam Szubin, the Treasury Department's acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. More »

  • No word from Czechs missing, possibly kidnapped, in Lebanon -foreign minist … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Czech Republic has received no information on the whereabouts of five of its citizens who went missing in Lebanon last week and is treating the case as a possible kidnapping, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said on Tuesday. "We don't have any information about the location of these citizens at the moment, nobody has contacted us regarding this." Lebanon's foreign minister has already referred to the case as an abduction. One of the missing Czechs is an attorney to Ali Fayad, a man of Lebanese origin who is in a Czech custody awaiting a decision on U.S. extradition request, according to a Czech court. More »

  • From Israel perch, U.S. vows to help counter Iran proxy threat Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    By Phil Stewart HUSSEIN LOOKOUT, Israel (Reuters) - As U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter walked along an Israeli lookout near the border with Lebanon, Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon turned to him and said: "Probably Hezbollah is watching us." Israel warned during Carter's visit on Monday it feared a deal on curbing Iran's nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief would translate into more money for Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia group, and others hostile to Israel. Carter, standing at the Hussein Lookout, not far from the northern Israeli border town of Manara, promised to help, trying to reassure Israel of steadfast U.S. support following last week's deal between Tehran and six world powers. More »

  • Dozens dead in clashes on Syria-Lebanon border: monitor
    Dozens dead in clashes on Syria-Lebanon border: monitor Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Almost 70 fighters have been killed in the two-week-old battle between pro-government forces and Islamist rebels for control of Zabadani on Syria's border with Lebanon, a monitoring group said Monday. More »

  • Kidnapping of Czechs may be tied to detained Lebanese
    Kidnapping of Czechs may be tied to detained Lebanese Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The kidnapping of five Czech citizens in Lebanon last week may be linked to a Lebanese man detained in Prague, whose family said Monday his lawyer was among those abducted. More »

  • 5 Czechs missing in Lebanon are kidnapped: security sources
    5 Czechs missing in Lebanon are kidnapped: security sources Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Five Czech citizens who went missing in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley have been kidnapped, security sources confirmed on Sunday, saying several leads were being chased in the case. More »

  • Five Czechs, driver missing in Lebanon - Czech foreign ministry Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Five Czechs and their Lebanese driver are missing in Lebanon, a spokeswoman for the Czech foreign ministry said on Saturday. Lebanese media and a security source had reported earlier on Saturday that five Czech nationals had gone missing when their abandoned vehicle was found near Kefraya in eastern Lebanon, a popular destination for tourists in the wine-producing area. The Czech foreign ministry knows the identities of the missing Czechs, but it would not publish that information in order not to jeopardise the investigation, Michaela Lagronova of the ministry told reporters. More »

  • On your bike: The Syrian refugees cycling more than 2,000 miles from their war-torn …
    On your bike: The Syrian refugees cycling more than 2,000 miles from their war-torn … Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Ahmad Al Ashkar rides his bicycle through the streets of Damascus for one hour every day. In two months time, Ashkar and some of his friends plan to travel by bike from war-torn Syria to a new life in Europe - a journey of more than 2,000 km (1,200 miles). "First we plan to travel from Syria to Lebanon via land and go to Turkey by plane, and then travel to Greece by ship. More »

  • Merkel Mocked Over Crying Refugee Girl
    Merkel Mocked Over Crying Refugee Girl Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The Palestinian girl was reduced to tears after explaining to the Chancellor how her family have been waiting for years to find out if they could stay permanently in Germany. If permission is refused, they face being sent to a refugee camp in Lebanon. Mrs Merkel's response, which has led to her being mocked online, was to tell the girl she was a "very nice person" before explaining Germany's asylum policy. More »

  • Merkel mocked online over refugee girl's tears
    Merkel mocked online over refugee girl's tears Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew mockery online on Thursday for stroking the back of a Palestinian girl facing possible deportation after she had reduced her to tears by explaining her policy on asylum and adding that "sometimes politics is hard". The girl, identified as Reem, from Lebanon has lived in Germany for four years but her family may be forced to leave. During a discussion forum in the northern city of Rostock organised by the chancellor's office, Reem told Merkel in good German she wanted to study in Germany. More »

  • Former Saudi spy chief says Iran nuclear deal will 'wreak havoc' Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former head of the kingdom's intelligence services and its veteran ambassador to Washington, has said Iran's nuclear deal will allow it to get an atomic bomb and "wreak havoc in the region". Writing in Lebanon's Daily Star on Thursday, Bandar, who left office a year ago after orchestrating Saudi aid for Syrian rebels against Iran-backed President Bashar al-Assad, said that Arabs were now turning away from the United States. Riyadh's public response to the deal was a short statement late on Tuesday that said it backed any agreement that would stop Iran getting an atomic bomb, but stressed the importance of strict inspections and the ability to reimpose sanctions. More »

  • Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in city near Lebanese border Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army backed by Lebanese ally Hezbollah has advanced deeper into the besieged Syrian city of Zabadani two weeks into a campaign to capture it from insurgents, rebels and the army said. The control of the city, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus, is seen as crucial to consolidate government-held areas linking Lebanon and Syria. Zabadani is a former popular resort on the main Beirut-Damascus highway. More »

  • Iran deal may help Lebanon elect a president - official Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The Iranian nuclear deal could help Lebanon overcome the obstacles that have for more than a year prevented the election of a president, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday. The presidency has been vacant since Michel Suleiman's term expired in May 2014. Filling it requires a deal between rival politicians who are aligned with competing regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia. More »

  • Nobel winner Malala opens school for Syrian refugees
    Nobel winner Malala opens school for Syrian refugees Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    By Sylvia Westall BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Reuters) - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon on Sunday by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls and called on world leaders to invest in "books not bullets". Malala became a symbol of defiance after she was shot on a school bus in Pakistan 2012 by the Taliban for advocating girls' rights to education. "I decided to be in Lebanon because I believe that the voices of the Syrian refugees need to be heard and they have been ignored for so long," Malala told Reuters in a schoolroom decorated with drawings of butterflies. More »