Warring sides in Syria agree to extend local ceasefires


BEIRUT - Warring sides in Syria have agreed to extend a ceasefire in a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon and two Shi'ite villages in the northwest, and to evacuate wounded, sources close to talks said.

Two-day ceasefire agreed by warring sides in three Syrian towns: sources

BEIRUT - Syrian insurgents, the Syrian army and Lebanese group Hezbollah agreed on a 48-hour ceasefire in the rebel-held town of Zabadani near Lebanon's border and two Shi'ite villages in Idlib province, sources close to negotiations on both sides said.

World, Syria, 26 Aug 2015

In a port city, grenade attacks shatter Swedish sense of safety

MALMO, Sweden - After years in the military and police dealing with bombs and mines in ex-Yugoslavia, Lebanon and Iraq, Goran Mansson is now back home advising Swedes what to do if they find an unexploded grenade on their street or in a playground.

World, Iraq, 09 Aug 2015

Israel charges Swede with spying for Lebanon's Hezbollah

JERUSALEM - Israel charged a Swede of Palestinian descent on Sunday with spying for Hezbollah, saying the Lebanese guerrilla group had tasked him with gathering information on Israeli military facilities that might be attacked in a future war.

World, Israel, 09 Aug 2015

Protesters block main roads in Lebanon rubbish crisis

BEIRUT - Demonstrators blocked Lebanon's main Mediterranean coastal highway on Sunday to protest against a rubbish collection problem in the capital Beirut that led the prime minister to threaten to resign.

World, 26 Jul 2015

Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government

BEIRUT - The stench of uncollected refuse in the streets of Beirut is a stark reminder of the crisis of government afflicting Lebanon, where politicians divided by local and regional conflicts have been unable to agree on where to dump the capital's rubbish.

World, Environment, 23 Jul 2015

U.S. imposes sanctions on Hezbollah officials for Syria support

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Tuesday imposed sanctions on three leaders of the militant group Hezbollah and a businessman in Lebanon, saying they were key players in the group's military operations in Syria.

World, Syria, 21 Jul 2015

No word from Czechs missing, possibly kidnapped, in Lebanon: foreign minister

PRAGUE - The Czech Republic has received no information on the whereabouts of five of its citizens who went missing in Lebanon last week and is treating the case as a possible kidnapping, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said on Tuesday.

World, 21 Jul 2015

From Israel perch, U.S. vows to help counter Iran proxy threat

HUSSEIN LOOKOUT, Israel - As U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter walked along an Israeli lookout near the border with Lebanon, Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon turned to him and said: "Probably Hezbollah is watching us."

World, Israel, Politics 20 Jul 2015

Five Czechs, driver missing in Lebanon: Czech foreign ministry

PRAGUE - Five Czechs and their Lebanese driver are missing in Lebanon, a spokeswoman for the Czech foreign ministry said on Saturday.

World, 18 Jul 2015