Latest Lebanon News

Israel says it uncovered Hezbollah network on Syria frontier

Mar. 13, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Wednesday it has uncovered a militant network run by the Lebanese Hezbollah group inside Syria, along the frontier with Israel. The military said the network, which Hezbollah runs together with Iran's Revolutionary Guard, is stockpiling weapons, collecting...

Hezbollah leader calls on supporters to donate to the group

Mar. 8, 2019 11:13 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries. The rare call came during a televised speech Friday by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a few days after Britain joined the United States in banning the...

Lebanon's president says Hezbollah part of Lebanese people

Mar. 7, 2019 7:49 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president has spoken up in defense of the country's militant Hezbollah group, telling a visiting British official that the group's allegiances in the region do not affect internal Lebanese politics. President Michel Aoun's office quoted him as saying that Hezbollah is part of the...

US official says Lebanon at difficult economic crossroads

Mar. 5, 2019 11:44 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A top U.S. State Department official visiting Lebanon said Tuesday that the new government in Beirut needs to make tough decisions as it tackles widespread corruption and a crumbling economy, in addition to ongoing security issues. David Satterfield, acting assistant secretary of the Bureau...

Lebanon's Hezbollah rejects Britain's move to ban it

Mar. 1, 2019 7:45 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah group on Friday strongly rejected the British government's move to ban it as a terrorist organization, calling it an "insult" to the Lebanese people and evidence of subservience to the United States. In a statement issued in Beirut, it stressed that Hezbollah is a...

Amnesty says impunity emboldens Mideast rights violations

Feb. 26, 2019 8:34 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The world community's "chilling complacency toward wide-scale human rights violations" in the Middle East and North Africa emboldened governments to commit "appalling" violations last year, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The group's annual survey of the human rights situation in the...

Gerald LaBelle, former AP Middle East editor, dead at 76

Feb. 25, 2019 8:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerald LaBelle, a former editor and correspondent with The Associated Press who spent years covering tumultuous events in the Middle East, including Lebanon's civil war, the bombing of a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut and the kidnapping of his own boss Terry Anderson, has died. He was 76....

UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

Feb. 25, 2019 5:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it plans to ban Hezbollah as a terrorist group, accusing the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East. A draft order laid in the U.K. Parliament will ban Hezbollah and two other groups. Subject to Parliament's approval, the order will go...

Lebanon's Hezbollah suspends official over Parliament spat

Feb. 23, 2019 12:02 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah's top commanding body suspended the political activities of a leading legislator because of his spat with rival politicians in Parliament last week, a Lebanese politician said Saturday. Legislator Sami Gemayel, who heads the Christian Phalange party, said last week that Hezbollah's...

US voices concern over Hezbollah's role in Lebanese Cabinet

Feb. 19, 2019 11:33 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon expressed concerns Tuesday over the militant Hezbollah group's growing role in the new Cabinet, saying it does not contribute to stability. Hezbollah, which also takes part in elections, has named a health minister and two other posts in Lebanon's Cabinet. U.S....