Short of cash, U.N. cuts Syria refugees' rations again

GENEVA - The World Food Programme, running short of cash, will halve the value of food vouchers given to Syrian refugees in Lebanon this month and may cut all help for 440,000 Syrians in Jordan next month, the U.N. agency said on Wednesday.

Israel military says Iran nuclear threat may wane with deal

JERUSALEM - The Israeli military sees potential security benefits in an expected international deal curbing Iran's nuclear program, a senior officer was quoted as saying on Thursday in an unexpected analysis of the issue.

World, Israel, Syria, 04 Jun 2015

At least four people killed in fire at Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

BEIRUT - At least four people were killed when dozens of tents at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley caught fire on Monday, witnesses said.

World, United Nations, Syria, 01 Jun 2015

U.N. urges Lebanon to pick president, end political vacuum

BEIRUT - A United Nations envoy urged Lebanon's feuding political leaders to pick a new president, warning on Monday that the country's year-long power vacuum had undermined its ability to deal with the impact of the Syrian crisis and a host of other problems.

World, United Nations, 25 May 2015

Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies.

World, Russia, Syria, 21 May 2015

Assad, under pressure, may need his friends more than ever

QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria/BEIRUT - When Lebanon's Hezbollah first joined Syria's war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, its role was a closely guarded secret. Today, as Hezbollah plants its flag in land won from rebels north of Damascus, its role could hardly be more public.

World, Syria, 18 May 2015

Hezbollah, Syrian army make big gains in border battle

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah and Syria's army made big advances against insurgents in mountains north of Damascus on Wednesday, Hezbollah and Syrian state media said, shoring up President Bashar al-Assad's grip on the border zone.

World, Syria, United Nations, 13 May 2015

Ex-Lebanese minister sentenced for Syria-linked plot

BEIRUT - A former Lebanese minister who was arrested three years ago for smuggling explosives into Lebanon from Syria was sentenced on Wednesday to four and a half years in prison for forming a group to carry out terrorist attacks.

World, Syria, 13 May 2015

Syrian army and Hezbollah consolidate areas on border: source, media

BEIRUT - The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, has made advances in mountainous areas along Syria's border with Lebanon, a Hezbollah official said on Friday.

World, Syria, 08 May 2015

Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in areas along Lebanon border

BEIRUT/AMMAN - Syrian army bombing in the mountainous area along the border with Lebanon killed dozens of insurgents and helped regain hilly territory overlooking Hezbollah strongholds, the Lebanese group said on Thursday.

World, Syria, 07 May 2015