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Bahrain's opposition slams case against leading figure

Jun. 19, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Bahraini opposition group and human rights organizations warned Tuesday that the government's case against the country's leading Shiite opposition figure contains "tampered evidence." Ebrahim Sarhan, a legal adviser for the defense of Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary-general of Al-Wefaq, said...

Lebanon dispute with UN grows over Syria refugee policy

Jun. 13, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — A public spat between the Lebanese government and the U.N. refugee agency deepened Wednesday as Lebanon's caretaker foreign minister kept up his criticism, accusing the agency of discouraging Syrian refugees from returning home. "It's time to tell them enough. That's it," Gibran...

Scores naturalized in Lebanon where women still lack rights

Jun. 8, 2018 3:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese presidential decree to naturalize hundreds of foreigners, including Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi and other regional elites, has ignited a row over who deserves citizenship in this tiny Mediterranean country, where one in four people is a refugee and women married to foreigners...

Kurdish militia to exit Syria's Manbij under US-Turkey deal

Jun. 5, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American-backed Syrian Kurdish militia said Tuesday it will leave the strategic town of Manbij under a delicate U.S.-Turkey deal that could ease tensions between the NATO allies and force a realignment of troops along the volatile Syria-Turkey frontier. Illustrating the fragility of...

Lebanon LGBT scene empowered despite crackdown

May. 27, 2018 6:27 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — It took him more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and rehearsing. Then on the big night, a five-hour session putting on makeup. The very last step, he slid on the red lace gloves with 4-inch (10-centimeter) red fingernails that he had specially...

The Latest: Syrian TV reporting military base under attack

May. 24, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Syrian TV reports that a military base in central Syria has come under attack from "enemy" fire. It says Syrian air defenses confronted the missile attack. It did not give more details. State- run news agency SANA reported minutes...

Lebanese longtime parliament speaker re-elected to post

May. 23, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers overwhelmingly re-elected the country's longtime parliament speaker to the post on Wednesday, giving the 80-year-old monopoly of the office for three decades now. The re-election of Nabih Berri, a Shiite Muslim ally of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group who has held the post...

Speaker's long tenure embodies Lebanon's political stasis

May. 22, 2018 2:16 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's longtime parliament speaker Nabih Berri often seems like a veteran schoolteacher with a class of unruly students, using threats and jokes and occasional gavel-pounding to keep the assembly in order. The 80-year-old has held the job for a quarter-century, and is set to be re-elected...

Lebanon's gay pride week brought to halt after crackdown

May. 15, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's beleaguered gay pride week was cancelled a couple of days into the celebrations after its organizer was briefly detained, he and his lawyer said Tuesday. Lebanon became the first Arab country to celebrate gay pride last year. In the conservative region, homosexuality is illegal in...

Rights group says Palestinian activist detained in Lebanon

May. 15, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities have detained a Palestinian human rights activist after he was summoned to a security agency in Beirut, an international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said Ghassan Abdallah, director of the Palestinian Human Rights Organization, or PHRO, was detained after...