Dec 20, 2015

Longest-serving Lebanese prisoner in Israel killed in Syria

Samir Kantar, a Lebanese who was convicted of executing one of the most notorious attacks in Israeli history and spent nearly three decades in an Israeli prison, has been killed in an Israeli airstrike that targeted a residential building near the Syrian capital, the ...

In unexpected twist, Assad ally may become Lebanon's next president

Dec 3, 2015

In unexpected twist, Assad ally may become Lebanon's next president

Lebanon’s political crisis has taken a dramatic turn with the possibility that a friend of Syrian President Bashar Assad could become president in a power-sharing deal aimed at breathing life back into the paralyzed state. The idea of Suleiman Franjieh, a childhood friend of ...

Dec 1, 2015

Syria's al-Qaida branch releases captive Lebanese soldiers

Syria’s al-Qaida branch was releasing on Tuesday a group of Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive since August 2014 as part of a swap deal brokered by Qatar that included Lebanon setting free an unspecified number of prisoners wanted by the militant group. The ...

As world mourns Paris, many in Mideast see double standard

Nov 17, 2015

As world mourns Paris, many in Mideast see double standard

Within hours of last week’s Paris attacks, as outrage and sympathy flooded his social media feeds and filled the airwaves, Baghdad resident Ali al-Makhzomy updated his Facebook cover photo to read “solidarity” — and his friends were shocked. “Everyone was like, ‘Why are you ...

Sep 25, 2015

Japan to provide ¥480 million in aid for Syrian refugee crisis

The Foreign Ministry said Friday that Japan will provide via international organizations approximately ¥480 million ($4 million) in emergency aid to Lebanon and some European countries affected by the influx of migrants and refugees. Some ¥240 million will go to Lebanon, which is hosting ...