AP Explains: Lebanon’s protests could head into dark turn

BEIRUT (AP) — For nearly a month, the popular protests engulfing Lebanon have been startlingly peaceful. But the shooting death of a 38-year-old father by a soldier, the first such fatality in the unr...

The Latest: UK's Johnson speaks to Turkey's Erdogan on Syria

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 4:35 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Turkish President Re...

Turkish invasion raises fears of Islamic State prison break

BEIRUT (AP) — In the sprawling al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, Islamic State wives and widows have set up special courts, stabbed to death at least two people accused of apostasy and wielded knives...

US sanctions squeezing Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-...

Lebanese clear civil war-era mines from famed cedar forests

HADATH EL-JEBBEH, Lebanon (AP) — Three decades after Lebanon's civil war ended, explosives experts are still working to remove mines from a mountainous northern region famous for its centuries-old ced...

Arrest warrant for Lebanese-American who worked for Israel

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese judicial officials say a judge has issued an arrest warrant for a Lebanese American who confessed he'd worked for Israel during its occupation of Lebanon for nearly two decades....

Trump says US locked and loaded in response to drone attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions are flaring in the Persian Gulf after President Donald Trump said the U.S. is "locked and loaded" to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructu...

Activists: Airstrikes on Iran-backed groups in Syria kill 18

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown warplanes targeted overnight an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters, Syrian opposition activists...

Caught in limbo, families of Syria's missing cling to hope

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Six months after he was snatched from a road in central Syria, Iyad Suleiman was allowed by his kidnappers to make a Skype video call home. His children were startled at how he look...

Centuries-old bazaar in Syria's Aleppo making slow recovery

Bit by bit, Aleppo's centuries-old bazaar is being rebuilt as Syrians try to restore one of their historical crown jewels, devastated during years of brutal fighting for control of the city. ...

Western sanctions push war-weary Syrians deeper into poverty

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Mohammed Haji Abed drives his yellow taxi through the busy streets of the Syrian capital for about 12 hours a day, toiling in the sweltering summer heat but earning barely enoug...

Rights group says Syria co-opting humanitarian efforts

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance and sometimes using it to "entrench repressive policies," an international rights group said Friday, cal...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. The 27-year-old journali...

The Latest: US resident held in Iran freed, flies to Beirut

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in the case of a U.S. permanent resident released after being imprisoned for years in Iran (all times local): 2 p.m. A Leba...

Baghdad's Green Zone, a barometer of war and peace

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the...