Hezbollah takes lead in pounding Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT, Lebanon — Forces of the terrorist group Hezbollah say they are winning battles to defeat a three-year rebellion against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad by pouring fighters into remote…

Israel suspects Hezbollah will target top Israeli officials – Haaretz

HaaretzIsrael won’t publicly admit to Monday’s strike and Hezbollah is not making threats, but under the surface, the sides are locked in conflict. By Amos Harel | Feb. 26, 2014…

The long road to Lebanon’s new government – Al-Arabiya

Al-ArabiyaLebanon’s newly elected government poses for a picture at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut Feb. 15, 2014. (Reuters). Tweet. Text size A A A. By Nesrine Hatoum |…

Lebanon’s Sunnis, between ISIS and Hezbollah – Al-Arabiya

Al-ArabiyaLike all Lebanese sects, the Sunnis are in a state of disagreement over their identity ever since the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, the prominent Sunni leader. Ever since his death…

Lebanon’s PM forms ‘unity cabinet’ – Irish Independent

Irish IndependentLebanon’s prime minister has formed a cabinet more than 10 months after taking office, taking in a wide range of political groups after bridging serious divisions among them, mostly…

Lebanon gets new government after 10-month deadlock – Bangkok Post

Bangkok PostLebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Saturday unveiled a compromise government, capping 10 months of political wrangling during which the war in neighbouring Syria exacerbated sectarian tensions. Lebanese President…

New Lebanon cabinet – Gulf Daily News

Gulf Daily NewsBEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister formed a cabinet more than 10 months after taking office yesterday, including a wide range of political groups after bridging serious divisions among them…

UPDATE 4-Lebanon forms government after 10-month deadlock – Reuters

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Son-in-law arrested in package-explosion deaths – Las Vegas Sun

Son-in-law arrested in package-explosion deathsLas Vegas SunLaw Enforcement cars fill the front yard of a rural home in Lebanon, Tenn., where a package sent there exploded Monday, killing 74-year-old lawyer…

LIVE at 5PM: New Developments In Deadly Lebanon Explosion – NewsChannel5.com

NewsChannel5.comOfficials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 72-year-old Marion Setzer passed away Wednesday evening at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after suffering critical injuries in the explosion. Setzer’s…

UN calls for unity after deadly Lebanon bombing – The Daily Star

The Daily StarBEIRUT: The U.N. Security Council appealed to the Lebanese people to preserve national unity despite consistent attempts to undermine the country’s stability, in the wake of the deadly…

Car bomb blast in Hezbollah town – BBC News

BBC NewsA car bomb has exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold near Lebanon’s northern border with Syria, killing at least four people, officials say. The blast happened near a petrol station…

Deadly car bomb targets Hezbollah in Beirut – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a Shiite neighborhood in south Beirut on Tuesday, killing four people and sending plumes of smoke over the area in the…

Bomb Hits Hezbollah Neighborhood – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalHezbollah supporters gather at the site of a bomb blast in the Haret Hreik neighborhood in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday. European Pressphoto Agency. BEIRUT—A car bomb exploded in…

Lebanon May Become ‘Center’ of Arab World’s Sectarian Wars – TIME

TIMEFrom left: Judges Walid Akoum, Janet Nosworthy, David Re, Micheline Braidy and Nicola Lettier preside over the first hearing in the in absentia trial of four people accused of murdering…

Trial Opens Into Killing of Lebanese Prime Minister – New York Times

New York TimesLONDON — Almost nine years after Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, was killed by a truck bomb, an international tribunal opened hearings into the case on…

Hariri murder trial opens in The Hague – Reuters

ReutersTHE HAGUE (Reuters) – The trial of the four men accused of killing former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri opened in The Hague on Thursday, nine years after the bomb…

Saudi Terror Suspect Dies in Custody – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBEIRUT—A Saudi terror suspect detained in Lebanon last week died in custody, Lebanese officials said Saturday, bringing a sudden end to a budding controversy over the fate of…

Al-Qaida Group Says Responsible for Beirut Bombing – ABC News

ABC NewsAn al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide car bombing last week in a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in Lebanon, as its fighters fought other rebels in neighboring…

Senior al-Qaida figure dies in custody in Lebanon – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — The leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that carried out attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria’s civil war died on Saturday while…

Suspected Saudi militant dies in Lebanese custody: sources – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – The suspected leader of an al Qaeda-linked militant group that claimed responsibility for bombing the Iranian embassy in Beirut two months ago died in custody on Saturday,…

Militant chief Majid al-Majid ‘dies in Lebanon’ – BBC News

BBC NewsMajid al-Majid, the commander of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has died in custody in a hospital in Lebanon, state media say. Majid al-Majid, a Saudi who is on…

Blast in Hezbollah-run area of Beirut kills 5 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — An explosion tore through a crowded commercial street Thursday in a south Beirut neighborhood that is bastion of support for the Shiite group Hezbollah, killing at…

Beirut car bomb: Sunni payback for Hezbollah’s help to Assad? – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorA car bomb ripped through the southern suburbs of Beirut today, killing at least five people in what appeared to be the latest blowback from the civil war…

Lebanon arrests Saudi leader of Al-Qaeda-linked group – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBeirut: Lebanese military authorities have arrested the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the offshoot of al-Qaeda that claimed responsibility for the double suicide bomb attack on the…

Selfie shows teen’s final moments – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — It’s a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in…

Selfie shows teen’s final moments – Poughkeepsie Journal

Poughkeepsie JournalA Lebanese student of the private Hariri High School holds a poster Dec. 30 with the photo of 16-year-old Mohammed Shaar, who was one of seven people killed in…

Hollande meets Crown Prince Salman at end of Saudi visit – Al-Arabiya

Al-ArabiyaSaudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (R) walks alongside French President Francois Hollande (L) following a meeting with Saudi businessmen in Riyadh on Dec. 30, 2013. (AFP).…

Lebanon struggles to get a grip on violence – Deutsche Welle

Deutsche WelleLebanon is struggling to cope with the fallout from Syria’s civil war, which has divided the country along confessional lines and paralyzed the fragile state. With recent killings, violence…

Saudi Arabia to give Lebanon $3-billion to strengthen national army, buy French … – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailSaudi Arabia has pledged $3-billion to Lebanon to help strengthen the country’s armed forces and purchase weapons from France, Lebanon’s president said Sunday, calling it the biggest…

Dangerous new strategic reality taking shape around Israel – Haaretz

HaaretzEven though Israel’s military believes Sunni jihadists could be behind Sunday’s rocket attack, Netanyahu blames Hezbollah. By Amos Harel | Dec. 30, 2013 | 1:15 AM. Tweet. Mobile artillery on…

French president says will supply arms to Lebanon army if asked – Reuters

ReutersRIYADH (Reuters) – France will supply weapons to the Lebanese army if it is asked to do so, French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday during a visit to Saudi…

Saudi Arabia Offers $3 Billion to Strengthen Lebanon’s Army – Businessweek

BusinessweekSaudi Arabia has offered $3 billion to strengthen Lebanon’s army to protect the country from the threat of “sectarianism and extremism,” Lebanon’s president said. “Strengthening the army is a national…

Israel fires artillery shells into Lebanon after rockets fall – Washington Post

Washington PostJERUSALEM — Five rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel Sunday morning, with at least one landing several miles from a border town in Israel’s north. No injuries…

Rocket fired from Lebanon hits northern Israel – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesJERUSALEM — In the first border flareup of its kind in four months, a Katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, triggering a heavy artillery…