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Longtime AP journalist Ed Blanche has died at age 76

Jan. 15, 2019 3:11 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Ed Blanche, a longtime correspondent and Middle East editor for The Associated Press who covered transformative events from Northern Ireland to Lebanon, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 76. Blanche died Sunday in Beirut after losing a battle with cancer, said his wife, Mona Ziade....

The Latest: Kurdish official rejects 'safe zone' in Syria

Jan. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A senior Kurdish official has categorically rejected a "safe zone" that the Turkish president says his troops plan to set up in northern Syria. Bedran Ciya Kurd says the so-called safe zone would be...

Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon

Jan. 15, 2019 1:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive. Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya...

Lebanon to complain to UN over Israeli border wall

Jan. 11, 2019 12:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon says it will file a complaint at the U.N. over Israel's construction of a wall along the border, which Israel says is entirely within its own territory. Lebanon's state-run National News Agency quoted Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil as calling the Israeli move a violation of a U.N....

Storm kills Syrian girl in Lebanon, causes widespread damage

Jan. 9, 2019 10:43 AM EST

DAHR EL-BAYDAR, Lebanon (AP) — A storm packing snow and rain that has battered Lebanon for five days left an 8-year-old Syrian girl dead, flooded neighborhoods and paralyzed major mountain roads. Residents in some Beirut neighborhoods awoke Wednesday to find their cars immersed in water as rivers...

Storm packing snow and rain paralyzes parts of Lebanon

Jan. 8, 2019 12:02 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A winter storm packing heavy rain and snow on Tuesday turned streets in Lebanon into rivers of water and mud and paralyzed parts of the country. Among those affected were tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, many of whom live in tent settlements. In the eastern Bekaa Valley, many Syrian...

Parts of Lebanon go on strike to protest economic conditions

Jan. 4, 2019 5:43 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Parts of Lebanon's public and private sectors have gone on strike called for by the country's labor unions to protest worsening economic conditions and months of delay in the formation of a new government. Friday's strike was called for this week by the General Confederation of Lebanese...

Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russia objects

Dec. 26, 2018 5:40 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah militant group. Russia had criticized the airstrike, saying it endangered civilian...

Report: Israeli attack near Syrian capital wounds 3 soldiers

Dec. 25, 2018 6:05 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers, Syrian state media reported, saying that most of the missiles were shot down by air defense units. The TV, quoting an unnamed...

Lebanese, some in yellow vests, protest political gridlock

Dec. 23, 2018 10:42 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese protested against deteriorating economic conditions Sunday, with some briefly scuffling with army troops, as public anger mounts against politicians deadlocked over forming a new government since May. The army appealed for calm in a statement, urging protesters to remain...