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  • UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:53 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.

  • Bahrain moves to deport Shiite cleric 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 2:01 pm
  • MANAMA, Bahrain - Bahrain's Interior Ministry said Wednesday that the Gulf state has decided to deport a leading Shiite cleric born in the country in a move likely to exacerbate tensions between the government and the Shiite-led opposition.

  • Lebanese lawmakers vote, fail to elect president 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:37 am
  • BEIRUT - Lebanon's Parliament has held a round of voting but failed to elect a new head of state in its first try before President Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on May 25.

  • AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:37 am
  • MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon - As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.

  • Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:17 pm
  • NEW YORK - Former Associated Press photographer and photo editor Harry Koundakjian (KOON'-jah-kee-ehn), who spent years covering the Middle East before working in New York City, has died. He was 83.

  • Lebanon sends aid to cut-off village near Syria 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 2:07 pm
  • TFAIL, Lebanon - A Lebanese convoy of soldiers, clerics and Red Cross officials delivered aid Tuesday to a remote village near the Syrian border that was bombed by Syrian government aircraft and blocked by Lebanese militants fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war next door.

  • Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 8:17 am
  • BEIRUT - Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution.

  • Construction frenzy in Beirut alters city skyline 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:10 am
  • BEIRUT - One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door.

  • Israel arrests Arab journalist over Lebanon visit 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:55 am
  • JERUSALEM - Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service said on Thursday that it has detained a young Israeli Arab journalist for traveling to Lebanon, which Israel considers an enemy country.

  • Detained Berlusconi ally taken ill in Lebanon 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:19 pm
  • BEIRUT - A Lebanese security official says a longtime ally of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi detained in Lebanon has been moved to a Beirut hospital after falling ill.

  • Zeina Karam appointed AP's Beirut bureau chief 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:07 am
  • CAIRO - Zeina Karam, who has reported on political upheaval, war and transformation in the Middle East for almost two decades, has been named as Beirut bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading coverage of Lebanon as well as the devastating conflict in Syria.

  • British journalist Patrick Seale dies at 84 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:28 am
  • BEIRUT - Patrick Seale, a veteran journalist and author on Middle Eastern affairs as well as one of the world's leading historians on Syria, has died in London after a battle with cancer, according to family and friends. He was 83.

  • Hezbollah develops new tactics in Syrian civil war 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 8:46 am
  • BEIRUT - The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.

  • Syria war deepens fears for Lebanon's missing 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:39 pm
  • BEIRUT - For 22 years, Mary Mansourati has been waiting for her son, Dani, to come home. His shirts are ironed and hanging in his closet. His trousers, neatly folded, are stacked on the shelves next to his bed in the family's Beirut apartment.

  • Arkansas' Haydar inks deal to play in Lebanon 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 1:53 pm
  • FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - Arkansas senior guard Kikko Haydar has signed a contract to play professional basketball in his home country of Lebanon after graduation.

  • Hezbollah: Danger to Syria's president eliminated 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 3:41 pm
  • BEIRUT - The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is no longer in danger of falling, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said in an interview with a Lebanese newspaper.

  • Lebanon registers 1 million Syrian refugees 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:55 pm
  • TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Yahya was trapped in his hometown for two years by Syria's civil war, moving from house to house to avoid shells and bullets. His father was killed by a sniper. His family then fled to another town that came under a fierce government offensive.

  • Lebanese foes celebrate together as army deploys 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:13 pm
  • TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Gunmen cheerfully shared coffee and cigarettes with men they have tried to kill with assault rifles, grenades and mortars. Women on balconies hurled rice to celebrate. Men chanted giddily to welcome soldiers deploying to the streets of this northern Lebanese city.

  • Syrians adjust to life without limbs 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:17 am
  • JIB JANINE, Lebanon - Grimacing, Mustafa Ahmad slid the scarred stump just below his right knee into his new prosthetic leg. Extending his arms for balance, he slowly rose and hobbled across the packed dirt floor toward the door of his ramshackle tent.

  • Lebanese parliament approves domestic violence law 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 9:38 am
  • BEIRUT - Lebanon's parliament has approved a much-anticipated law that protects women against domestic violence after a yearslong campaign by women's rights activists and the recent slaying of four women.

  • Syriac Orthodox church elects new patriarch 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 11:19 am
  • BEIRUT - The Syriac Orthodox Church has elected a new patriarch to lead one of the world's oldest Christian sects, Lebanon's national news agency said Monday.

  • Assad preparing to run for president despite war 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 8:44 am
  • BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections by early this summer to win another 7-year term, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into its fourth year with large parts of the country either in ruins or under opposition control and nearly a third of the population scattered by civil war.

  • Syrian-Armenian town's fate murky after rebel grab 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 6:19 pm
  • BADROUSIEH, Syria - When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it bore historic weight: it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt compelled to run for their lives.

  • Arab summit lays bare serious cracks on Syria 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 4:10 pm
  • KUWAIT CITY - An Arab summit that ended Wednesday exposed cracks in what was once solid Arab support for Syrian rebels, with Saudi Arabia and Qatar divided over which factions to back and Syria's neighbors increasingly expressing fatigue with the flood of refugees from the country's civil war.

  • A look at Mideast judicial systems 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 3:44 pm
  • An Egyptian court's decision this week to sentence to death 529 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood after a two-session trial has triggered criticism from governments and rights groups around the world. The country's judicial system is sure to face further scrutiny as another 683 suspected Islamists went on mass trial Tuesday. The proceedings have raised deep concerns among human rights activists over the lack of due process as Egyptian authorities push swift and heavy prosecutions in their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies.