- Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting Updated: Feb-05-16 5:09 pm
BEIRUT - Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.
- US embassy condemns Czechs for not extraditing suspects Updated: Feb-04-16 2:12 pm
PRAGUE - The U.S. embassy in Prague on Thursday blasted a decision by the Czech Republic's justice minister not to extradite a Lebanese national to the U.S. to face weapons charges.
- Analysis: Pause in Syrian talks shows peace remains elusive Updated: Feb-04-16 2:05 pm
BEIRUT - It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination.
- Syrian family arrives in Italy in first humanitarian airlift Updated: Feb-04-16 9:06 am
ROME - A 7-year-old Syrian girl suffering from a rare form of eye cancer arrived in Italy on Thursday, the first of an estimated 1,000 refugees who are being brought here on humanitarian grounds in a pilot project aimed at dissuading people from embarking on deadly sea crossings.
- Five Czechs going home after missing in Lebanon for 7 months Updated: Feb-04-16 7:24 am
BEIRUT - A Lebanese airport official says five Czechs who went missing in eastern Lebanon in July have boarded a flight back to their homeland.
- Donors face record request of $9 billion to aid Syrians Updated: Feb-03-16 7:05 am
AMMAN, Jordan - International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday's annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016.
- Syrian refugee teachers help fill the education gap Updated: Feb-02-16 3:03 am
QAB ELIAS, Lebanon - In the refugee camp in eastern Lebanon where Fatima Khaled lives with her two daughters, only three children found a spot in the local school.
- In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region Updated: Jan-29-16 5:40 am
BEIRUT - In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war.
- Germany proposes short-term jobs for half a million Syrians Updated: Jan-26-16 2:53 pm
BAQAA REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Germany proposes creating up to 500,000 short-term jobs to help Syrian refugees survive in overburdened Middle Eastern host countries, the minister for economic cooperation said during a visit to Jordan on Tuesday.
- Cheap loans proposed to ease aid gap in Syria refugee crisis Updated: Jan-25-16 2:29 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - Faced with a chronic shortfall in Syria aid, the World Bank and other donors are promoting new ideas, including interest-free development loans for the hard-hit Middle Eastern countries that are hosting most refugees.
- Israeli drill simulates combat on fronts with Syria, Lebanon Updated: Jan-20-16 1:51 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel's military has conducted a drill to prepare for simultaneous combat along its northern frontier with Syria and Lebanon.
- Lebanese Christian leader endorses rival for president Updated: Jan-18-16 1:40 pm
BEIRUT - A Lebanese Christian leader pulled out from the presidential race on Monday and endorsed the candidacy of his long-time rival in the latest political maneuvering aimed at resolving Lebanon's 20-month political deadlock.
- Club at Cumming school combines crafting with service Updated: Jan-16-16 9:01 am
CUMMING, Georgia - One student's empathy for the November terror attacks in Paris and Beirut sparked a service and prayer project that ended up including almost the entire student body at a south Forsyth private Catholic school.
- Lebanese official says Beirut airport needs "improvement" Updated: Jan-15-16 10:54 am
BEIRUT - A Lebanese official on Friday acknowledged European concerns about safety regulations at the Beirut airport, saying the facility needs improvement but adding that recent reports that the airport does not meet international safety standards are "exaggerated."
- Man accused of scamming churchgoers Updated: Jan-14-16 12:29 pm
ROCHESTER, Minnesota - Rochester police have arrested a man suspected of scamming churchgoers out of hundreds of dollars with a story about his dead family.
- Lebanese protesters clash with police over trash crisis Updated: Jan-14-16 8:02 am
BEIRUT - Dozens of Lebanese protesters have clashed with police in downtown Beirut over the country's months-long trash collection crisis.
- Justices seem divided over Iran terror-related appeal Updated: Jan-13-16 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON - More than 30 years after 241 Marines died in a terrorist attack in Beirut, the Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed putting up a new roadblock for the victims' families who are trying to obtain nearly $2 billion in judgments against Iran.
- Once accommodating neighbors now turn back Syrian refugees Updated: Jan-13-16 1:53 am
BEIRUT - After taking in a million Syrian refugees, Lebanon has quietly changed course in recent months, forcing refugees to return to Syria - where they are at risk of persecution or death - or stay illegally, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
- UN gets $250 million to educate Syrian children, needs more Updated: Jan-12-16 6:29 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Donors have pledged $250 million to educate over one million Syrian children this year but an additional $500 million is urgently needed to fund the program in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, the U.N. envoy for global education said Tuesday.
- Arab League condemns Iranian 'meddling' in Arab affairs Updated: Jan-10-16 1:52 pm
CAIRO - Arab foreign ministers, with the exception of Lebanon, condemned in a Sunday statement what they called Iran's meddling in Arab affairs.