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From Beirut to Baghdad, 'useless' bomb detectors guard against disaster


BEIRUT/BAGHDAD At a checkpoint in central Beirut, a guard checks a small truck for explosives. He is manning the last security barrier before Lebanon's parliament building 100 meters away, and relying on a bomb detector that experts say is useless.

Syrians in Lebanon hit by arrests, curfews and hostility after bombings

BEIRUT Suicide bombings in Lebanon last month have prompted mass arrests, curfews and reported vigilante-style attacks directed at the large Syrian refugee population, leaving many Syrians in the country feeling fearful and cornered.

World, United Nations, Syria, Jul 25 2016

Explosions hit Syrian town near Golan Heights

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebels and a monitoring group said two explosions that struck a Syrian town near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday were caused by an Israeli air strike but Lebanon's Hezbollah blamed rocket fire by al Qaeda-linked militants.

World, Syria, Israel, Jul 20 2016

Half of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school: HRW

BEIRUT More than half of the nearly 500,000 Syrian children registered as refugees in Lebanon are missing out on formal education and a government campaign to increase enrolment has failed to reach its target, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

World, Syria, Jul 19 2016

Lebanese army says it foils planned attacks by Islamic State

BEIRUT Lebanon's army said on Thursday it had foiled planned terrorist attacks by Islamic State on a tourist site and a crowded area, days after suicide bombers killed five people in a Christian village.

World, Jun 30 2016

Eight suicide bombers target Lebanese Christian village

BEIRUT Eight suicide bombers attacked a Lebanese Christian village on Monday, killing five people and wounding dozens more, in the latest violent spillover of the five-year-old Syrian war into Lebanon.

World, Syria, Jun 27 2016

Hezbollah to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo

BEIRUT The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement said on Friday it will send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo area, a battleground where it has suffered heavy losses fighting alongside Syrian government forces against insurgent groups.

World, Syria, Jun 25 2016

Lebanese Hezbollah ministers, MPs could be hit by U.S. law: U.S. official

BEIRUT Ministers and members of parliament belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah could be sanctioned under a new U.S. law targeting the group's finances, a U.S. Treasury official said on Friday.

World, May 27 2016

Lebanon central bank says must comply with U.S. Hezbollah law

BEIRUT Lebanon's central bank governor said on Tuesday Lebanese banks must comply with a new U.S. law targeting Shi'ite group Hezbollah's finances and that failure to do so risked international isolation of the country's banking sector.

World, May 17 2016

France's Hollande, in Beirut, vows to boost Lebanon military aid

BEIRUT President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that France would provide immediate additional military aid to Lebanon, and urged politicians to end a long-running crisis by electing a president as soon as possible.

World, France, Apr 16 2016