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Dutch-based court files new charges against Hariri suspect

Sep. 16, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N.-backed court based in the Netherlands unveiled new charges Monday, including terrorism and intentional homicide, against a Hezbollah fighter who also is accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon announced that...

The Latest: Trump disputes ground rules of meeting with Iran

Sep. 15, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 4 a.m. President Donald Trump appears to be disputing the comments of senior aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Ethiopia releases Lebanese businessman held since last week

Sep. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese Foreign Ministry says Ethiopia has released a Lebanese businessman who had been detained in the African nation since last week. The ministry said Sunday that Hassan Jaber will head from Ethiopia to the African nation of Gabon and later will return to Lebanon. On Friday, the...

Lebanese-American to be prosecuted for working for Israel

Sep. 13, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese-American man was referred Friday to prosecutors after confessing he'd worked for Israel during its occupation of Lebanon for nearly two decades, a Lebanese security agency said. Amer Fakhoury was detained after returning to his native Lebanon from the United States earlier this...

Officials: 31 Iraqi pilgrims die in stampede during holiday

Sep. 10, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A walkway collapsed and set off a stampede in the holy city of Karbala on Tuesday as thousands of Shiite Muslims marked one of the most solemn holy days of the year. At least 31 people were killed and about 100 were injured, officials said. It was the deadliest stampede in recent history...

The Latest: 31 killed in Iraq during Ashoura procession

Sep. 10, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Ashoura holiday (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Iraq's state-run TV channel, citing Iraq's Health Ministry, says the death toll from a stampede in the Shiite holy city of Karbala has climbed to 31. Another 100 people were injured in the incident which security officials told...

Hezbollah leader warns against new US mediator with Israel

Sep. 10, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official visiting Beirut to mediate between Lebanon and Israel over a maritime border dispute is a "friend of Israel," keen to defend its interests, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group warned on Tuesday. Hassan Nasrallah urged Lebanese officials to negotiate from a point...

Syria says Israel was behind airstrike in country's east

Sep. 9, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters in a nighttime attack, Syrian opposition activists said Monday. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied...

Lebanon PM, US diplomat talk offshore gas feud with Israel

Sep. 9, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister and a U.S. diplomat are discussing a maritime border dispute with Israel, with both sides claiming areas with potentially lucrative offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea. Saad Hariri met David Schenker, the assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs,...

Hezbollah says it shot down Israeli drone over south Lebanon

Sep. 9, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group said it shot down an Israeli drone over southern Lebanon early Monday, shortly after it crossed from Israel amid rising tensions along the border between the two countries in recent weeks. A Hezbollah statement said the drone was downed with "suitable...