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


BEIRUT Lebanon's political crisis has taken a dramatic turn with the possibility that a friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could become president in a power-sharing deal aimed at breathing life back into the paralyzed state.

Russia to conduct naval exercises off Lebanese shore

BEIRUT Lebanon said on Friday Russia was planning to carry out a three-day naval exercise in the Mediterranean Sea and that Lebanese authorities were working on ways to avoid disruption to civilian flights taking off from Beirut.

World, Russia, 20 Nov 2015

Balkan states start filtering migrant flow to Europe

SID, Serbia/SKOPJE Balkan countries have begun filtering the flow of migrants to Europe, granting passage to those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan but turning back others from Africa and Asia, the United Nations and Reuters witnesses said on Thursday. | Video

Lebanon parliament endorses money laundry, combating terrorism laws

BEIRUT Lebanon's parliament passed more financial laws on Friday to keep the politically paralyzed country afloat, including a money laundering law.

World, 13 Nov 2015

Exclusive: U.S. to open new screening centers for Syrian refugees - State Department

WASHINGTON The Obama administration is moving to increase and accelerate the number of Syrian refugees who might be admitted into the United States by opening new screening outposts in Iraq and Lebanon, administration officials told Reuters on Friday.

World, United Nations, Syria, Iraq, 06 Nov 2015

Bomb blast in northeast Lebanon kills nine: security sources

BEIRUT A roadside car bomb killed at least nine people and wounded four others in northeast Lebanon on Thursday, in an area close to the Syrian border where violence has spilled over from the war next door, security sources said.

World, Syria, 05 Nov 2015

Faction-riven Lebanon scrambles to pay late army salaries

BEIRUT Lebanese authorities scrambled on Monday to pay overdue salaries to the army, a crisis that has laid bare the extent of paralysis in government and added to criticism of the politicians whose rivalries are to blame.

World, 02 Nov 2015

No light at end of tunnel for Lebanon's power crisis

BEIRUT Four decades ago, Lebanon used to export power to its larger neighbor Syria. Now it barely generates enough electricity to keep street lamps on at night.

World, Syria, 26 Oct 2015

Lebanon's Hezbollah takes aim at Saudi Arabia on Ashura

BEIRUT Supporters of Lebanon's Iran-allied Shi'ite group Hezbollah chanted "Death to the Saud family" as their leader railed against Sunni-led Saudi Arabia on Saturday in a sign of deepening hostility towards the U.S.-allied kingdom.

World, Saudi Arabia, 24 Oct 2015

Three Russians killed in Syria: pro-government source

BEIRUT At least three Russians fighting alongside Syrian government forces were killed and several more wounded when a shell hit their position in the coastal province of Latakia, a senior pro-government military source said on Tuesday.

Russia, World, Syria, 20 Oct 2015