Latest Lebanon News

Hezbollah leader calls on Saudi Arabia to end war in Yemen

Oct. 19, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has called on Saudi Arabia to make a "courageous" decision and end the fighting in Yemen, saying the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has tarnished the kingdom's image to an unprecedented degree. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech...

Clashes in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon wound 6

Oct. 15, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say clashes between rival Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon wounded at least six people. The officials say the clashes broke out Monday between members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and Jundallah, which is allied with...

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...

Syria and Jordan agree to reopen vital crossing

Oct. 14, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Jordan and Syria agreed Sunday to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries, three years after the commercial lifeline fell to rebel groups and traffic was halted. Israel also said Sunday the Quneitra crossing with Syria will reopen Monday to U.N. observers, four years...

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...

Turkey says won't leave Syria until elections are held there

Oct. 4, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey won't withdraw from zones it controls in Syria until its people hold an election. Erdogan made the comment in Istanbul on Thursday at the closing of an international forum. Turkey sent troops into Syria in August 2016 to clear a border area...