Warily, Lebanon tackles violent spillover from Syria


TRIPOLI, Lebanon - For two weeks now, the rifles have been silent along Syria Street in Lebanon's Tripoli, an area shot up so often that even memorial posters of men killed just a few months ago are speckled with bullet holes.

Lebanon in vaccination drive against polio spreading from Syria

BEIRUT - Lebanon launched a fourth round of polio immunisation on Friday, trying to prevent the disease spreading from neighboring Syria along with the tide of refugees fleeing the three-year conflict.

World, Syria, 11 Apr 2014

Lebanese patriarch suggests housing Syrian refugees in Syria

GENEVA - The head of Lebanon's Maronite Christian Church suggested on Wednesday that Syrian refugees should be housed in camps inside Syria, reflecting growing frustration among Lebanese over the burden imposed on their country by their neighbors' war.

World, United Nations, Syria 09 Apr 2014

Bulgaria says bomber in Burgas attack was Algerian: report

SOFIA - The man who blew up a bus in a Bulgarian Black Sea resort in 2012, killing five Israeli tourists, was of Algerian origin and trained in camps in South Lebanon, the Bulgarian daily Presa said, quoting sources familiar with the investigation.

World, Israel, 07 Apr 2014

Lebanese Alawite leader, 11 others charged with "terrorist" activity

BEIRUT - Lebanon has charged a dozen people including a prominent Alawite leader with belonging to an "armed terrorist organization", judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a drive to control sectarian violence fuelled by the war in Syria.

World, 05 Apr 2014

Lebanon cracks down on alleged Syria-linked al Qaeda militants

BEIRUT - Lebanon's military prosecutor has charged two suspected Lebanese militants with belonging to a Syrian rebel group tied to al Qaeda, judicial sources said on Friday, part of a crackdown on radical Islamists who have attacked the army this year.

World, Syria, 04 Apr 2014

Lebanon marks 'devastating' milestone with millionth refugee

TRIPOLI, Lebanon - The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million on Thursday, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria's civil war and the huge burden placed on its poorly prepared neighbors.

World, United Nations, Syria, 03 Apr 2014

Self-immolation highlights woes of Syrian refugees in Lebanon: U.N.

BEIRUT - A U.N. official said a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who doused herself with petrol and set herself alight after her aid was cut was a victim of a lack of funding for the world body's work.

World, United Nations, Syria, 02 Apr 2014

Lebanon passes disputed domestic violence law

BEIRUT - Lebanon's parliament approved a law on Tuesday designed to curb domestic violence but activists said it had been watered down so much it would provide only limited protection for women.

World, 01 Apr 2014

Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time

BEIRUT - Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown.