Latest Lebanon News

Lebanon calls for readmitting Syria to Arab League

Jan. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic meeting Friday to urge the Arab League to restore Syria's membership, calling it a "historic shame" to keep the Arab country out of the forum. The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, spoke before Arab ministers meeting in Beirut ahead of a regional summit...

Man detained in Lebanon on suspicion of entering from Israel

Jan. 17, 2019 10:36 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's army intelligence have detained a man on suspicion that he crossed into Lebanon from Israel, a military official said Thursday. The country's state news agency said the detainee is a U.S. citizen. Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war and each bans its citizens from visiting the...

Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

Jan. 16, 2019 2:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts. The winter's first snow fell on the Syrian...

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....

New Israeli military chief pledges to lead 'innovative' army

Jan. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi's inauguration comes shortly after the military's announcement that it has successfully...

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...

Senior US official vows to counter Iran on Lebanon visit

Jan. 14, 2019 10:57 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. will step up efforts to counter Iran's "dangerous activities" around the region including the financing and activities of proxy organizations such as Lebanon's Hezbollah, a senior U.S. official said Monday. U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke following...

Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria's Assad

Jan. 13, 2019 12:06 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he forcefully crushed the uprising against his family's rule. Gulf...

Israel confirms Syria strike, ends mission on Lebanon border

Jan. 13, 2019 6:32 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, including a weapons facility in a weekend airstrike, as the military announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for...