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  • 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 »

  • Warnings after blizzards sweep across Middle East
    Warnings after blizzards sweep across Middle East Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Snow blanketed much of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon early on Friday, with many residents urged to stay in their homes because of blocked or icy roads. More »

  • Syrian army makes rapid advance north of Aleppo - monitor
    Syrian army makes rapid advance north of Aleppo - monitor Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army, backed by allied militia, has captured several villages near Aleppo in battles aimed at encircling the northern city and cutting off insurgent supply lines, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. SANA, Syria's state news agency, said the army seized at least six villages near Aleppo. The advance on Aleppo is the second major offensive by pro-government forces in a week. The army and allied combatants from Lebanon's Hezbollah group have also launched a large-scale assault in southern Syria against insurgents. More »

  • Asian Cup was free from match-fixing, says AFC Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The Asian Football Confederation gave itself a proud pat on the back on Tuesday after declaring that January's Asian Cup in Australia was free of match-fixing. "It is extremely encouraging to see that the detailed integrity planning and collaboration for our premier tournament, the AFC Asian Cup, was a success," AFC general-secretary Alex Soosay said in a statement. "This would not have been possible without the support and focused efforts of each stakeholder and in particular Australian law enforcement and Sportradar, who worked hand-in-hand with AFC's Integrity Unit throughout the tournament. A large bulk of the 47 members in the AFC have been hit with match-fixing scandals in recent years, with fixers targeting low-paid players in various leagues such as Australia, Lebanon, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore. More »

  • Soccer-Asian Cup was free from match-fixing, says AFC Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    The Asian Football Confederation gave itself a proud pat on the back on Tuesday after declaring that January's Asian Cup in Australia was free of match-fixing. "It is extremely encouraging to see that the detailed integrity planning and collaboration for our premier tournament, the AFC Asian Cup, was a success," AFC general-secretary Alex Soosay said in a statement. "This would not have been possible without the support and focused efforts of each stakeholder and in particular Australian law enforcement and Sportradar, who worked hand-in-hand with AFC's Integrity Unit throughout the tournament. A large bulk of the 47 members in the AFC have been hit with match-fixing scandals in recent years, with fixers targeting low-paid players in various leagues such as Australia, Lebanon, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Singapore. More »

  • Hezbollah says it is fighting IS in Iraq
    Hezbollah says it is fighting IS in Iraq Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah is fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq, its chief Hassan Nasrallah revealed for the first time Monday in a speech beamed to supporters. More »

  • Syrian refugees swell ranks of Lebanon street children
    Syrian refugees swell ranks of Lebanon street children Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Syrian refugees make up the majority of children living and working on the streets of Lebanon, with many of them illiterate and surviving by begging, a study released Monday said. More »

  • Intensified fighting in southern Syria leaves scores dead - monitor Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Heavy fighting in southern Syria has killed scores of pro-government and insurgent fighters in the past week, a group monitoring Syria's war said on Sunday, forecasting even fiercer violence as the weather clears. Syria's army and allied combatants from Lebanon's Hezbollah launched a large-scale offensive in the region last week against insurgent groups, including al Qaeda's Syria wing 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. More »

  • Hezbollah chief urges backers to stop celebratory gunfire
    Hezbollah chief urges backers to stop celebratory gunfire Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    The head of Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement on Sunday urged supporters to refrain from the volleys of celebratory gunfire that they unleash during his periodic speeches. More »

  • Lebanon's Hariri - talking to Hezbollah necessary to ease tensions
    Lebanon's Hariri - talking to Hezbollah necessary to ease tensions Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Former prime minister Saad al-Hariri, speaking on a rare visit marking the 10th anniversary of his father's assassination, said dialogue with Hezbollah was necessary to ease sectarian tensions in Lebanon. Five members of Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah have been indicted by an international tribunal over the 2005 killing of Rafik al-Hariri, who was commemorated on Saturday in the Lebanese capital. The group has denied any involvement in the murder, which pushed Lebanon to the brink of civil war and still stirs emotions 10 years later. The killing deepened a sectarian divide in Lebanon's politics that still affects it to this day. More »

  • Syria troops shell southern villages
    Syria troops shell southern villages Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Regime troops shelled rebel-held villages in southern Syria Thursday, as a snowstorm slowed an advance led by Lebanon's Hezbollah near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a monitor said. More »

  • Sandstorm lashes Middle East, halting Suez traffic
    Sandstorm lashes Middle East, halting Suez traffic Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A fierce sandstorm lashed Egypt, Israel and Lebanon on Wednesday, forcing the closure of the Suez Canal and grounding domestic flights in Israel, officials said. More »

  • Decade after Hariri murder, Lebanon flounders in Syria's shadow
    Decade after Hariri murder, Lebanon flounders in Syria's shadow Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A decade after former prime minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated, hopes that the fallout from his death would free Lebanon from Syria's influence have been dashed by the war raging across the border. More »

  • Hezbollah in Syria fighting near Israeli lines: monitor
    Hezbollah in Syria fighting near Israeli lines: monitor Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Lebanon's Hezbollah, Syrian regime forces and Iranian officers fighting rebels in southern Syria have advanced to the edge of Israeli-occupied territory, a monitor and state media said Wednesday. More »

  • Trial begins for U.S. Marine accused of twice deserting to Lebanon Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Monday began the court-martial of a Lebanese-born Marine who is accused of deserting the military in Iraq in 2004 before turning up in Lebanon claiming to have been kidnapped and then deserting again the following year. Corporal Wassef Hassoun, 35, is being tried at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on charges of desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, according to the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps said Hassoun first deserted the military in June 2004, when he vanished from his base in Iraq. He reappeared a month later in Lebanon and claimed that he had been kidnapped by militants, the military said. More »

  • US Marine Who Vanished In Iraq Goes On Trial
    US Marine Who Vanished In Iraq Goes On Trial Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The trial of a Marine who vanished in Iraq a decade ago and then wound up in Lebanon is set to open on charges he deserted the military. Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, an Arabic interpreter, was listed as a deserter for almost a decade before being taken into military custody last year. The trial is being held at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. More »

  • U.S. delivers arms to Lebanon, says fighting 'same enemy'
    U.S. delivers arms to Lebanon, says fighting 'same enemy' Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    The United States delivered more than $25 million worth of military aid including heavy artillery to the Lebanese army on Sunday to help it fight jihadist groups which have repeatedly battled with security forces near the Syrian border. The U.S. ambassador to Beirut, David Hale, said in a statement the weapons would be used to "defeat the terrorist and extremist threat from Syria". The Lebanese army has fought regular battles with armed groups including militants linked to Islamic State and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in areas near the Syrian border, most recently late last month when six soldiers were killed. Hale said Lebanon was the fifth biggest recipient of U.S. military aid. More »

  • Lebanon to start receiving French arms in April: Paris
    Lebanon to start receiving French arms in April: Paris Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    The first deliveries of Saudi-funded French weapons to help Lebanon combat jihadists will begin in April, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday. More »