Latest Beirut News

The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

Oct. 15, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria "re-empowers" the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels. Maj. Nehemia Berki spoke on...

Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

Oct. 12, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is "a slap in the face for survivors" trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday. At a...

Hezbollah responds to Israel's missile claims with ambiguity

Oct. 12, 2018 1:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah made no mention of weapons capability on Friday in his first speech since Israel claimed that the Islamic militant group has a missile-launching facility near Beirut's international airport. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's comments were his first since Israeli...

32 migrants on way to Cyprus recused off Lebanon's coast

Oct. 12, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon says it has helped in rescuing 32 migrants on a boat who were trying to reach the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The force known as UNIFIL said on Friday that migrants who were rescued the day before were 19 men, six women and seven children. The UNIFIL...

Lebanese paper prints blank issue to protest gridlock

Oct. 11, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — One of Lebanon's leading newspapers printed a blank issue Thursday to protest the country's long-running political gridlock and the failure to form a government five months after elections. "We are ringing the alarm bells," Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of An-Nahar daily, told a press...

US urges UN court to toss out Iranian case on frozen assets

Oct. 8, 2018 7:09 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The U.S. on Monday urged the United Nations' highest court to toss out a case filed by Iran that seeks to recover around $2 billion worth of frozen assets the U.S. Supreme Court awarded to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran. The case at the...

Rights group: Lebanon law discriminates against mothers

Oct. 3, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent rights group Wednesday called on Lebanese authorities to amend a nearly 100-year-old law that discriminates against Lebanese women married to foreigners, denying their children citizenship. Human Rights Watch's deputy Middle East director Lama Fakih said the 1925 law has "caused...

Syria FM says Iran coordinated its ballistic missile strikes

Oct. 2, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said in remarks broadcast Tuesday that the Iranian ballistic missile attack on militants in eastern Syria the previous day was part of "legitimate" cooperation between the two countries to combat terrorism. Walid al-Moallem's comments came during a wide-ranging...

The Latest: Russia delivers S-300 air defenses to Syria

Oct. 2, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 9 p.m. Russia's defense minister says the delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Syria has been completed. Sergei Shoigu said in televised remarks Tuesday that Russia has delivered four S-300 launchers along with radars and support...

Activists: Lebanese officials try to shut gender conference

Oct. 2, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A gender activist group says Lebanese authorities have tried to shut down a conference they are holding in Beirut after accusing the group of "promoting perversion and drug abuse." NEDWA, an annual gender rights regional conference, is organized by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and...