Czechs release two Lebanese as missing Czechs return from Lebanon, U.S. 'shocked'

PRAGUE Five Czechs who had been missing and presumed kidnapped in Lebanon for five months arrived home on Thursday after the Prague government freed two Lebanese nationals who were wanted by the United States.

Don't take Lebanon's stability for granted: U.N. envoy

BEIRUT Lebanon has weathered five years of Middle Eastern turmoil remarkably well but its stability should not be taken for granted and it needs long-term financial help to cope with a huge number of Syrian refugees, a senior U.N. official said.

World, Syria, 03 Feb 2016

Lebanon needs $12 billion to cope with refugee 'earthquake'

LONDON Lebanon will ask international donors at a summit on Thursday for $12 billion over the next five years to cope with what one minister called the "ongoing earthquake" of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Lebanese army kills six, arrests 16 militants in border town

BEIRUT Lebanon's army killed six gunmen and arrested 16 suspected militants, including a commander from the Islamic State group, in a raid in the town of Arsal near the border with Syria on Wednesday, it said.

World, Syria, 03 Feb 2016

Czech foreign minister expects five found in Lebanon to fly home by Thursday

PRAGUE Five Czechs found in Lebanon on Monday following their suspected kidnapping last July may be flown back to Prague on a government plane by Thursday, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said on Wednesday.

World, 03 Feb 2016

Hezbollah kills four Qaeda-linked militants in north Lebanon: security source

BEIRUT Hezbollah fighters killed at least four members of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in a rocket attack on their car in northeastern Lebanon on Tuesday, a security source said.

World, 02 Feb 2016

Five Czechs missing in Lebanon since July have been found

PRAGUE/BEIRUT Five Czech citizens who went missing in Lebanon in July are now with the Lebanese security services, a security source told Reuters on Monday.

World, 01 Feb 2016

Lebanese court lets transgender man change legal status to male

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A court in Lebanon has ruled that a transgender man can legally change his gender to male in the nation's civil registry, marking a landmark step in transgender rights in the Middle Eastern nation, advocates and his attorney said on Friday.

World, 15 Jan 2016

Lebanese ex-minister, jailed over Syria plot, is released on bail

BEIRUT A former Lebanese minister who is close to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was freed on bail on Thursday after serving a jail term for smuggling explosives into Lebanon from Syria and planning attacks, the national news agency said.

World, Syria, 14 Jan 2016

U.N. appeals for $500 million to get 1 million Syrian children in school

UNITED NATIONS United Nations education envoy Gordon Brown appealed on Tuesday for $500 million to allow half the two million Syrian children who are refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan to go to school and offer their families an alternative to fleeing to Europe. | Video