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Lebanese in mass 'You Stink' rally against politicians

Birut - Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services.

Brief ceasefire between Syria regime, rebels ends

Birut - A truce between Syrian regime forces and rebel groups in three key towns ended early Saturday as the warring parties resumed clashes and shelling, a monitor and a mediator said.

12 mn Syrians have fled their homes since conflict began: UN

- Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.At least 7.

IS advances against rebels in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - Islamic State group fighters seized five villages from rebel forces in Syria's northern Aleppo province overnight and entered the outskirts of a key opposition bastion there, a monitor said Thursday.

Syria regime, rebels agree new truce for three towns

Birut - A new 48-hour truce between Syrian regime forces and rebels in three towns entered into force on Thursday after negotiations, a mediator and a monitoring group said.

Lebanon cabinet fails on trash crisis amid new protests

Birut - Lebanon's cabinet ended an acrimonious meeting on Tuesday with no solution to a trash crisis that has sparked violent protests and calls for the government's resignation.

Assad 'confident' of Russian support for Syria regime

Birut - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed "strong confidence" Tuesday that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, speaking in an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Manar television network.

IS publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Birut - The Islamic State group on Tuesday published images showing the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, after international condemnation of the act.

Lebanon protesters postpone demonstration after violence

Birut - Activists in Lebanon vowed Monday to press ahead with protests over a trash crisis that have become an outlet for deep-rooted, broad-based frustration over political stagnation, corruption, and crumbling infrastructure.

IS blows up ancient temple at Syria's Palmyra

Birut - Jihadists with the Islamic State group have blown up a famous temple at Syria's ruins of Palmyra, an official said, confirming fears they would destroy more world-class heritage sites.

Dozens hurt as Beirut rubbish demos turn on government

Birut - Protesters demanding the Lebanese government resign over its failure to remove uncollected rubbish from the streets clashed on Sunday with police in Beirut for a second day, leaving dozens injured.

Lebanon prime minister 'extends hand' to Beirut trash protesters

Birut - Lebanon's prime minister said Sunday he was ready to meet with members of a growing movement protesting the country's trash crisis, and admitted that "excessive force" had been used against demonstrators.

Toll from Syria regime strikes near Damascus rises to 34: Monitor

Birut - The toll from heavy government bombardment of a rebel stronghold outside the Syrian capital rose on Sunday to 34 civilians, including 12 children, a monitoring group said.

HRW urges Syria arms embargo after deadly regime strikes

Birut - Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on the Syrian government after deadly air strikes on a rebel town killed nearly 100 people.

Suicide bomber kills 16 in northeast Syria

Birut - A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people on Wednesday in an attack on Kurdish security forces in northeastern Syria claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, a monitor said.

IS beheads elderly ex-antiquities chief in Syria's Palmyra

Birut - The Islamic State group has beheaded the 82-year-old retired chief archaeologist of Palmyra, who refused to leave the ancient city when the jihadists captured it, Syria's antiquities chief said.

UN backs Syria peace plan after deadly regime strikes

Birut - The UN Security Council has backed a push for Syrian peace talks in a rare show of unity after widespread condemnation of regime air strikes that killed nearly 100 people.

Shelling hits Syrian towns as ceasefire breaks down

Birut - Shelling resumed on Saturday in two government-held villages in northwestern Syria and a rebel town near Damascus, state media and a monitor said, as a ceasefire for the areas collapsed.

Lebanon arrests fugitive Sunni cleric Assir: security

Birut - Lebanon arrested Saturday a fugitive Sunni Muslim cleric wanted over deadly clashes with the army as he tried to flee the country, security sources told AFP."Lebanese authorities arrested Ahmad al-Assir this morning at the airport.

Op-Ed: Nuclear deal with Iran may be signed but uncertainties remain

Washington - Wasn’t there something just a little bit creepy about U.S. President Barack Obama warning Jewish leaders in the United States that Israel would likely be attacked if the recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran was blocked by Congress?
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