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US-Iran match mirrored a regional rivalry for many Arab fans

Nov. 29, 2022 18:40 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. team’s victory over Iran at the World Cup on Tuesday was closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region’s woes. Critics of Iran say it...

Some return to war-battered hub of Palestinian life in Syria

Nov. 17, 2022 02:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's largest Palestinian camp was once bustling with activity: It was crowded with mini-buses and packed with shops hawking falafel, shawarma and knafeh nabulsieh — a sweet concoction of cheese and phyllo dough. Kids played soccer and brandished plastic guns...

Stray bullet hits plane landing in Beirut, no casualties

Nov. 10, 2022 10:25 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A stray bullet hit a Middle East Airlines jet while landing in Beirut on Thursday, causing some material damage. No one among the passengers or crew was hurt, the head of the Lebanese airline company said. The jet was landing on its way back from Jordan when the...

Strikes in Syria hit fuel convoy from Iraq; Iranians killed

Nov. 09, 2022 09:26 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Late night airstrikes in eastern Syria along the border with Iraq targeted Iran-backed militiamen, inflicting casualties, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. According to two paramilitary officers in Iraq, some of those killed in the attack were Iranian nationals. ...

Scores of Syrian refugees head home from crisis-hit Lebanon

Nov. 05, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Scores of Syrian refugees headed home Saturday from eastern Lebanon in the second convoy in less than two weeks as Beirut attempts to organize a mass refugee return to the war-torn country. Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said the “voluntary return”...

Lebanon-Israel deal a landmark but with limits, experts say

Nov. 03, 2022 03:06 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. mediators tried for more than a decade to broker a maritime border agreement between Lebanon and Israel. Finally, the elements fell into place for a landmark deal between two countries officially — and sometimes actively — at war since 1948. Russia’s war in...

Lebanon president leaves with no replacement, crisis deepens

Oct. 30, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Michel Aoun left Lebanon's presidential palace Sunday, marking the end of his six-year term without a replacement, leaving the small nation in a political vacuum that is likely to worsen its historic economic meltdown. As Aoun’s term ends, the country is...

Heading home: Syrian refugees in Lebanon going back to Syria

Oct. 26, 2022 08:19 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees boarded a convoy of trucks laden with mattresses, blankets, water and fuel tanks — and, in one case, a goat — in the remote Lebanese mountain town of Arsal on Wednesday, heading home to Syria. Their journey is the latest...

Lebanon: Mediation ongoing for Austin Tice, held in Syria

Oct. 25, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is still mediating between the United States and Syria over the fate of American journalist Austin Tice who went missing a decade ago in the war-torn country, a Lebanese general said Tuesday. Washington maintains that Tice is held by Syrian authorities. ...

Today in History: October 23, Beirut bombing kills Marines

Oct. 23, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2022. There are 69 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut...