Lebanon's president expresses hope for Israel border talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president said Wednesday he wants maritime border talks with Israel to succeed and that disagreements during the last round of negotiations can be resolved based on internation...

World Bank warns of 'prolonged depression' in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s economy faces an “arduous and prolonged depression,” with real GPD projected to plunge by nearly 20% because its politicians refuse to implement reforms that would speed up the...

Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed

JERUSALEM (AP) — Talks between Israel and Lebanon over disputed maritime borders that were scheduled to take place this week have been postponed, Israeli and Lebanese officials said Monday. ...

Syria’s longtime Foreign Minister al-Moallem dies age 79

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, a career diplomat who became one of the country’s most prominent faces to the outside world during the uprising against President Bashar Assad,...

Syria's Assad: Western sanctions hinder return of refugees

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government is working to secure the return of millions of refugees who fled war in their country, but Western sanctions are hindering the work of state institutions, ...

Syria Kurds free hundreds of IS militants as part of amnesty

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish-led authorities released on Thursday hundreds of militants from the Islamic State group imprisoned in northern Syria, as part of a general amnesty in the region controlled by the...

Lebanon's outgoing PM rejects end to subsidies amid crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister on Friday adamantly rejected any move to end subsidies of goods in the crisis-hit country, warning it would lead to a “social explosion” as the central ...

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict draws in fighters from Mideast

BEIRUT (AP) — For the past two weeks, Raffi Ghazarian has been glued to the TV at home and at work watching news about the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. If it go...

Lebanese president to hold consultations on new PM next week

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has called for binding consultations with members of parliament next week to name a new prime minister, his office said Wednesday. The a...

Hezbollah leaders tell French president to change approach

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Tuesday they still welcome the French initiative to help Lebanon out of its crisis, but said Paris has to change its approach in dealing w...

Carlos Ghosn launches initiative to help his native Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn made a new public appearance in Lebanon Tuesday during which he launched an initiative with a local university to help the country that is u...

Aid group warns that 700,000 children in Syria risk hunger

BEIRUT (AP) — An additional 700,000 children in Syria face hunger because of the country's badly damaged economy and the impact of coronavirus restrictions, an international aid group warned Tuesday. ...

Virus hits Lebanese prison as inmates jockey for release

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s largest prison on Thursday was grappling with an alarming coronavirus outbreak, as many inmates refused to take preventative measures or get tested under the impression that ca...

Palestinian refugee agency warns of instability amid crisis

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is experiencing a financial crisis that could force it to halt some services to an already impoverished population of more than 5 million people,...

France tries forcing change on Lebanon's politicians

BEIRUT (AP) — During his visit this month, French President Emmanuel Macron gave Lebanon’s politicians a road map for policy changes and reform, set deadlines for them to take action and told them he’...