Lebanon

  • Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon, drawing Israeli fire July 14, 2014

    Jerusalem: Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon on Monday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the Israeli army said, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday. An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word of damage or casualties from...
  • Hezbollah says commander killed in Beirut, blames Israel December 5, 2013

    A Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria's civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon on Wednesday in a killing which the militant Shi'ite Muslim group blamed on Israel. Hassan al-Laqqis was shot in the head from close range by a silenced gun as he arrived home at around...
  • Beirut: Suicide blasts near Iran embassy kills 23 November 19, 2013

    Beirut: Twin suicide bombings struck outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, and wounding dozens more in one of the worst bombings to target the predominantly Shiite area in southern Beirut. The mid-morning blasts hit the upscale neighborhood of Janah,...
  • Over 755,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon September 25, 2013

    Beirut: The UN's refugee agency said Wednesday that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has crossed 755,000 after an increase of about 14,000 refugees in a week. More than 650,000 refugees were registered in Lebanon while more than 105,000 are still waiting for their registration process to be completed, Xinhua...
  • US orders its diplomats to leave Lebanon September 6, 2013

    The State Department on Friday ordered nonessential US  diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighbouring Syria. In a new travel warning for Lebanon, the department said it had instructed nonessential staffers to leave Beirut and urged private American citizens...
  • US evacuates Beirut embassy over security concerns September 6, 2013

    Washington: U.S. officials ordered non-emergency personnel and their family members out of Lebanon on Friday "due to threats," the U.S. Embassy in Beirut said in statement. The U.S. State Department urges "U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of current safety and security concerns," the statement also said. ...
  • Several countries warn citizens against travel to Lebanon September 1, 2013

    Several countries have advised their citizens against travelling to Lebanon as regional tensions grow over a possible US military strike on Syria. Those issuing the advice include Bahrain, Kuwait, Britain and France, while Austria told its citizens to contact its embassy in Lebanon before travelling there. Bahrain and Kuwait also urged its...
  • Lebanon car bombings: Death toll rises to 47 August 24, 2013

    Lebanese officials said on Saturday the death toll from a devastating twin car bombing outside two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli a day earlier has risen to 47. The coordinated explosions in the predominantly Sunni city have raised already simmering sectarian tensions in fragile Lebanon to dangerous levels, heightening...
  • UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemns Lebanon bombings, calls for 'restraint' August 24, 2013

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the deadly double car bombing in Lebanon and appealed for restraint in the fractured country split over the war in neighbouring Syria. "The secretary-general strongly condemns the two bomb explosions, shortly after Friday prayers, outside two mosques in the north Lebanese city of...
  • Rockets from Lebanon fired at northern Israel; no casualties August 23, 2013

    A rare rocket barrage from Lebanon on Thursday deepened Israeli concern that al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants are opening a new front for confrontation with Israel. The Israeli military said four rockets were fired from southern Lebanon. Two struck Israeli communities without causing casualties, a third was intercepted by the "Iron Dome"...
  • Car bomb kills 20, injures 120 in Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold August 16, 2013

    A powerful car bomb struck the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group on Thursday, killing 20 people, wounding 120 and trapping many others inside damaged buildings, witnesses and emergency officials said. The blast, a month after another car bomb wounded more than 50 people in the same district of...
  • Syria: Assad confident of victory over rebels August 2, 2013

    Beirut: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday said that he was confident of victory against rebels and made a symbolic visit to a town once overrun by insurgents and now mostly retaken by his army. But Assad's forces took a blow in the central city of Homs, where at least...
  • UAE embassy in Libya attacked by terrorists July 26, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: The UAE's embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli was targeted on Thursday in a terrorist attack, a minister said. No one was injured in the attack. Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouie, assistant foreign minister for security and military affairs, said a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building at 5...
  • EU has given legal cover to Israel for aggression against Lebanon, says Hezbollah July 25, 2013

    Beirut: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday the European Union had given Israel justification to attack Lebanon by blacklisting the armed wing of his group, and would bear responsibility for any Israeli military action. The bloc agreed earlier this week to list what it described as the military wing...
  • Ready to defend Syria against Israel, US, says Hezbollah May 5, 2013

    Beirut: The Lebanese Hezbollah's political council has said the group stands ready to engage in the fight to prevent Syria's collapse as well as being controlled by Israel and the US, a media report said. Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyed, head of the council, said the reason behind being involved in the Syrian...
  • Assad says rebel victory would destabilise Middle East April 7, 2013

    Beirut: President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria, they could destabilise the Middle East for decades. The Syrian leader, locked in a two-year conflict that he says has been fuelled by his regional foes, also criticised Turkey's leaders as "foolish and...
  • Lebanon still eyeing WC berth after rigging scandal March 25, 2013

    After a tumultuous period during which a matchfixing scandal involving some of his players left him pondering his future, Lebanon coach Theo Bucker is back focusing on securing the country's first World Cup finals berth. Last month, the German coach said he had been left 'broken' after 24 players were...
  • Syrian air force jets strike Lebanon border March 19, 2013

    Beirut: Syrian air force jets fired four rockets at a remote section of the border with Lebanon on Monday, security sources said, four days after Damascus warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the air strike near the...
  • Israelis form government days before Obama visit March 17, 2013

    Jerusalem: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has notified the country's President that he has succeeded in forming a government. Netanyahu presented the lineup to President Shimon Peres on Saturday, a day after a coalition deal was signed ending weeks of deadlock. Netanyahu said this is a decisive year for the economy,...
  • Italy says 7 foreign hostages killed in Nigeria March 10, 2013

    Kano: Italy's foreign ministry said Sunday that seven foreign hostages kidnapped in northern Nigeria had been killed as claimed by Islamic extremists, the worst such foreign abduction violence to hit the turbulent West African nation in decades. Greece also confirmed one of its citizens had been killed by Ansaru, the...
  • Syria blames rebels for petrol station blast in Damascus January 5, 2013

    Beirut: Syria said on January 4 that a car bomb at a crowded petrol station in Damascus was set off by "terrorists", a term it uses for rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad. The blast on January 3 night killed 11 people and wounded 40 at a station packed...
  • At least two killed in car bomb blast in Beirut October 19, 2012

    Beirut: A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least two people and wounding 46, witnesses and security sources said. It was not immediately clear if the explosion targeted any political figure in Lebanon's divided community but it occurred at...
  • Malaysia asks Google to block 'anti-Islam video' September 16, 2012

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has asked Google to block access to the 'anti-Islam video' clip blamed for sparking mob attacks against US embassies and consulates across the Middle East. Information Minister Rais Yatim says Malaysian authorities want the clip removed from YouTube because of the "explosive commotions and repercussions at hand". Google owns...
  • Rajeev's Recco: 'Where do we go now?' July 7, 2012

    The movie, by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, tells the story of a group of Lebanese women who try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village. ...
  • 37 Indian activists detained in Lebanon March 30, 2012

    Jerusalem: A group of 37 Indians, including 10 women, who were to participate in a pro-Palestine global march to Jerusalem, have been detained by Lebanese authorities at Beirut port. Indian activists and journalists participating in the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ), along with three Filipinos and one Iraqi have been asked...
  • Lebanon central bank says holds no Syrian funds November 29, 2011

    Beirut: Lebanon's Central Bank does not have to act in response to the Arab League's financial sanctions on Syria because Damascus does not have any funds deposited with it, the bank's governor Riad Salameh said on Monday. "Lebanon's Central Bank does not have any money of the Syrian Central Bank on...
  • UN accuses Israel of excessive force at border July 7, 2011

    United Nations: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accused Israeli soldiers of using excessive force in a May 15 incident by firing live ammunition at unarmed Lebanese demonstrators trying to breach a border fence. Ban said on Wednesday that a preliminary report by the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon has...
  • Hezbollah ally warns of civil strife in Lebanon July 2, 2011

    Beirut: A key Hezbollah ally on Friday warned that an international indictment of members of the Islamic militant group in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri could lead to new civil strife in Lebanon. A high-ranking Hezbollah militant was among four people named in an indictment by the UN-backed...
  • Iran attack fallout: Lebanon on high alert October 20, 2009

    The week's deadly suicide bombing in Iran, which targeted the Revolutionary Guards, has received considerable media coverage. Much of it has focused on the significance of the event for the Iranian regime, and the possible role of outside powers in the suicide attacks and a general campaign of destabilisation of...
  • Israel's Lebanon, best film at Venice September 14, 2009

    Venice: Hard-hitting Israeli war movie Lebanon won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday. Director Samuel Maoz shot almost the entire film from inside a tank to communicate the claustrophobia and fear he experienced as a young Israeli conscript during the 1982 war. He was so...