Dec 14, 2014

Jumblatt in joint statement: legalize hash in Lebanon

Lebanon’s controversial and outspoken Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, called in a “joint statement” Saturday for the cultivation of marijuana to be legalized. “It’s time to allow hash to be grown and to overturn arrest warrants against people sought for doing so,” the veteran politician ...

Dec 10, 2014

Lebanon formally arrests detained wife of Islamic State chief

Lebanese judicial officials said Tuesday that authorities have issued a formal arrest warrant for a wife of the Islamic State group leader and referred the detained woman to military prosecutors. The officials said Saja al-Dulaimi is being held at the Defense Ministry on suspicion ...

In Hezbollah children's magazine, fighters instead of fairies

Dec 7, 2014

In Hezbollah children's magazine, fighters instead of fairies

It is aimed at children, but instead of princes and princesses, fairies and magicians, the heroes of Lebanon’s Mahdi magazine are the “fighters who fell resisting the Israeli enemy.” Produced by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement for the last 11 years, Mahdi aims to teach a ...

Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Aug 31, 2014

Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hard-line Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days in August, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday. The soldier, recognizable as Ali ...

U.S. delivers weapons shipment to beleaguered Lebanese Army

Aug 30, 2014

U.S. delivers weapons shipment to beleaguered Lebanese Army

The United States has delivered an emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon’s military, officials said Friday, part of a broader regional effort to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists. The Lebanese government requested the weapons after militants from Syria attacked the Lebanese ...

Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops

Aug 3, 2014

Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, capture troops

Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict. The rebels, who included foreign fighters, demanded to trade ...

Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon; fire returned

Jul 22, 2014

Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon; fire returned

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 ...

Jul 20, 2014

Video of child beating boy in Lebanon goes viral

Beirut Lebanon ordered an investigation Saturday into horrific video footage that has gone viral on the Internet showing a small child beating a boy, believed to be Syrian, urged on by adults. In the footage, which could not be independently verified by AFP, the ...

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

Jul 11, 2014

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s massive air campaign in Gaza topped 100 people Friday as rockets fired by militants reached deeper into Israel — and for the first time in the fighting, struck from neighboring Lebanon. Gaza militants already have fired more than ...