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UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbor.


Lebanon’s cannabis heartland, Bekaa, hopes for legalization

The fertile Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon has long been notorious as one of the world’s major narcotics-growing regions, producing some of the finest quality cannabis, mostly processed into hashish. …


Low turnout worries politicians as Lebanon voting ends

Lebanon’s first national elections in nine years were marked by a tepid turnout Sunday, reflecting voter frustration over endemic corruption and a stagnant economy. Politicians urged citizens to vote and …


Hezbollah set to tighten grip in Lebanon vote

Few countries are as vulnerable to the Middle East’s mayhem as Lebanon, which has taken in a million refugees from the catastrophic war in neighboring Syria, seen the Iran-backed Lebanese …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Israeli defense chief: Lebanon will pay for Iranian meddling

Israel’s defense minister said on Wednesday that, should war erupt again with Lebanon, it will “pay the full price” for Iran’s entrenchment – the latest of Israeli warnings over Iran’s …


At rally, Hezbollah chief vows to return focus to Israel

Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on Monday, where the militant group’s leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Hezbollah, on the rise in Lebanon, fends off Saudi Arabia

Even as Arab countries step up pressure on Hezbollah for its ties to Iran, the Lebanese Shiite militant group has cemented its status as a regional power, projecting military strength …


Lebanese PM Hariri assures bankers stability comes first

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri assured regional bankers on Thursday that Lebanon’s stability was his top concern, one day after walking back his shock resignation that threw his country into …


Lebanese PM puts resignation on hold, in surprise reversal

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri walked back his resignation on Wednesday after weeks of intensive international diplomacy aimed at restoring the delicate political balance that has kept the country from …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 4:16 p.m.

Lebanon’s Hariri returns to Beirut amid resignation saga

Saad Hariri returned to Lebanon late Tuesday for the first time since he stunned his country by announcing from Saudi Arabia that he was quitting as prime minister more than …


Hezbollah denies providing missile fired at Saudi from Yemen

The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Monday categorically denied accusations that his group is sending weapons to Yemen or that it was responsible for a ballistic missile fired by Shiite …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Saudi Arabia on Sunday asked fellow Arab nations to take a “serious and honest” stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Lebanon’s PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Saturday he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making a …


Lebanese PM Hariri accepts invitation to come to France

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to come to France after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks ago that stunned Lebanon and rattled the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

Lebanese PM invited to France amid resignation crisis

BEIRUT – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday invited Saad Hariri and his family to come to France after the Lebanese prime minister’s surprise resignation earlier this month, amid allegations …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

Lebanon PM says he will return to seek settlement

In his first TV interview since he announced his surprise resignation last weekend, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Sunday he will return to his country from Saudi Arabia “within …


A political shock throws Lebanon’s economy back into crisis

Just when things were starting to look up for Lebanon’s economy, a new political crisis threatens to send it crashing down again.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

U.S. joins calls for PM’s return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia

Lebanese officials insisted Friday on the return home of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia, and the leader of the militant group Hezbollah said the Saudis had “declared war” …


Lebanon: Saudi-aligned party demands PM’s return from Riyadh

Lebanon’s Future Movement party of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned from Saudi Arabia under mysterious circumstances five days ago, demanded on Thursday that he return from the kingdom immediately.


Iran’s president accuses Saudis of meddling in Lebanon

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani criticized Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over what he called “unprecedented” interference in Lebanese affairs, adding his voice to those who suspect the Gulf kingdom forced Lebanon’s …


Amid intrigue, Saudi king receives Lebanon’s outgoing PM

Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister who unexpectedly resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia met with Saudi King Salman on Monday as speculation continued to swirl over his surprising move.


U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah will not target banks: Banker

New U.S. sanctions against the militant Hezbollah group expected to be released in the near future are not likely to affect the country’s banking sector that is the backbone of …


Israel’s defense minister says Hezbollah runs Lebanese army

Israel’s defense minister says the Hezbollah militant group controls Lebanon’s army.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Islamic State fighters may have escaped to Iraq, despite U.S. promises to stop them

An Islamic State convoy stranded in the Syrian desert for five days has split up and some fighters may have found their way into Iraq, despite the U.S. military’s determination …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Activists: IS convoy treks ahead despite U.S. strikes threat

Dozens of Islamic State group members and their families have crossed into areas controlled by the extremists despite U.S. threats to bomb the convoy days after they left the Lebanon-Syria …


Lebanon’s negotiated ISIS evacuation angers many

Buses carrying hundreds of Islamic State militants and their families arrived in eastern Syria on Tuesday following a negotiated evacuation from the Lebanon-Syria border, where the U.S.-backed Lebanese army deployed …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

After deal, ISIS allowed to leave Syria-Lebanon border area

Islamic State militants and their families began leaving a border area between Lebanon and Syria on Monday as part of a controversial negotiated deal with the extremist group to end …


Thousands to be evacuated from Lebanon-Syria border

Scores of buses and ambulances arrived at the Lebanon-Syria border Monday for the second phase of an exchange between Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate that would lead …


Lebanon’s government approves new elections law

The Lebanese Cabinet has approved a new elections law and referred it to parliament for ratification, paving the way for parliamentary elections postponed twice over the past year.


Lebanese ministry calls for ban of Wonder Woman movie

Lebanon’s ministry of economy is seeking to ban the 2017 Wonder Woman movie because its lead actress – Gal Gadot – is an Israeli, though a formal request for a …