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Lebanon mourns legendary 'songbird' Sabah

Birut - Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday aged 87, after a seven-decade career and a colourful love life that kept her in the headlines until the end.

Obama orders review of US policy on hostages

Birut - President Barack Obama has ordered a review of US policy on Americans abducted overseas, as intelligence agencies investigate the role of Western jihadists in the beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig.

Suspected Western jihadists in 'evil' IS beheading video

Birut - Authorities were on Monday investigating the suspected involvement of Western jihadists in the brutal video by the Islamic State group claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig.

'Pure evil' as IS beheads US aid worker Kassig

Birut - US President Barack Obama condemned as "pure evil" the Islamic State's beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig after the group released a video showing his body Sunday.

Islamic State faces war of attrition in Syria's Kobane

Birut - The Islamic State group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance.

U.S.-led air raids hit jihadist-held Syria oil field

Birut - U.S.-led air strikes hit jihadist positions in the north and east of Syria, including an oil field, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

U.S.-led Syria strikes hit Qaeda, Islamist rebels

Birut - U.S.-led air strikes in Syria hit Al-Qaeda-linked militants and an Islamist rebel brigade in a rare expansion of weeks-long raids targeting the Islamic State group, a monitor said Thursday.

Syria escalates barrel bomb attacks as world attention shifts

Beirut - With global attention focused on the fight against jihadists, Syria's regime has in recent weeks stepped up its use of deadly barrel bomb strikes, killing civilians and wreaking devastation.

Iraq peshmerga fighters join Kobane battle

Beirut - Some 150 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters joined the battle against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane on Friday, crossing the border from Turkey, a monitor said.

Why Israel is updating its Merkava tanks

While there has been some speculation that Israel and Hezbollah may engage in another war by 2016, the Israeli military is updating the Merkava tank for scenarios involving engaging against such forces.

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce and deadly battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen in the historic market of second city Tripoli, in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market

Tripoli - Lebanese troops fought a fierce battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of second city Tripoli in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site.

Mrs Clooney to fight for return of Greek monuments from Britain

Newly-wed Mrs Clooney, formerly Amal Alamuddin, has flown into Greece to help the nation try and claim back the Parthenon marbles from Britain.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Caroline Kennedy says George Clooney chose his first lady well

Caroline Kennedy thinks actor George Clooney is eyeing the US presidency and his recent, well-publicized wedding to top British lawyer Amal Alamuddin could be part of his plan to move over to the White House soon.

U.S.-led strikes hit Syria's Raqa, Aleppo provinces

Beirut - Fresh U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State group targets in Syria overnight, both in its Raqa province stronghold and in Aleppo province further west, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Op-Ed: ISIL calls for attacks on Coalition citizens ‘in any manner’

Sydney - In a continuation of previous messages, the “Islamic State” has called for Muslims to attack Americans, Europeans, Canadians and Australians. The threat refers to “disbelievers” from nations engaged in military action against ISIL.

Black prevails in Syria jihadist stronghold

Beirut - In the Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group, everything is black, activists say, from men's turbans to women's veils. Even the passports."Black IS flags are everywhere.

Qaeda affiliate executes Lebanese soldier: govt

Beirut - A Lebanese soldier has been executed by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, the government said on Saturday.

Give your memory a boost with Manoush

Canning - The Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia is quickly becoming a culinary destination and with its rich diversity of cultures from around the world it's not hard to see why. One of those foods that has grabbed attention recently is Manoush.
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