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Germany, Saudi Arabia to restore envoys after Lebanon row

New York - Germany and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday agreed to return ambassadors some 10 months after the kingdom fumed over criticism about its role in Lebanon.

Hezbollah defies Israel, says has 'precision missiles'

Beirut - Lebanon's Hezbollah said Thursday it had acquired "precision missiles" despite extensive efforts by neighbour and foe Israel to prevent the Shiite movement developing this capability."It has been done.

Lebanon's Hariri demands 'justice' for slain father at trial

Leidschendam - Lebanon's incoming prime minister called for "justice" but not revenge on Monday as the trial of four Hezbollah suspects over the assassination of his father Rafiq Hariri in 2005 entered its final stretch.

Hariri suspects absent as Lebanon tribunal nears climax

Den Haag - The Hezbollah defendants are still on the run and have never even spoken to their lawyers, but the special UN tribunal into the 2005 assassination of Lebanese ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri starts its final phase this week.

With Hezbollah in mind, Israel builds a new wall

Rosh Haniqra - High in the hills above the Mediterranean, Israeli troops worked while soldiers from a country still technically at war with them peered down from only metres above.

Palestinians in Lebanon fear aid cuts will slash school access

Beirut - It's back to school for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, but funding cuts to the UN agency supporting them means students may only be in class until the end of month.

As cabinet formation drags, Lebanon risks economic tailspin

Beirut - Despite three months of wrangling, Lebanon's premier-designate has been unable to form a new cabinet, threatening to paralyse the country's institutions and launch its already-frail economy into a dangerous tailspin.

Security Council renews Lebanon peacekeeping force's mandate

New York - The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to renew for another year the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

Push for law to uncover fate of Lebanon missing

Beirut - The Red Cross and Lebanese activists made a plea Thursday for the passage of a law to uncover the fate of thousands of people missing since the country's devastating civil war.

Israel says won't be bound by post-war deals on Syria

Jerusalem - Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that Israel will not be bound by whatever agreements the international community may reach on Syria after its civil war.

In Lebanon, Russia uses softer touch to win influence

Aley - In a dimly-lit classroom in a Lebanese mountain town, students of all ages pore over Cyrillic workbooks and repeat carefully after their blonde instructor."Privet. Kak dela?" -- "Hello, how are you?

More Syrians in organised return home from Lebanon

Cheba - Dozens of Syrian refugees left Lebanon by bus on Monday in the latest of a wave of returns to their war-torn country, Lebanese authorities said.

In Lebanon, volunteers speak up to battle suicide

Beirut - Her trainers beating down on the pavement along Beirut's seafront, Nour Safieddine, 24, cuts past strollers ambling in the evening sun. In her bright pink t-shirt, she is running to survive.

Lebanon's hash farmers fear going legal may hit profits

Bechou - The sun-soaked cannabis fields are just out of reach of a nearby army checkpoint. Its production is lucrative in Lebanon, but growers fear legalising its medical use could slash profits.

Russia urges help for Syria refugees to return

Beirut - Russia's Syria envoy on Thursday urged the international community to help Syrian refugees go back to their war-torn country.

Lebanon questions activists over social media posts

Beirut - Lebanon's security forces are increasingly bringing activists in for questioning over their social media posts, sparking widespread anger in recent days that freedom of expression is being squeezed.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Fakieh - Hundreds of Syrian refugees left Lebanon on Monday for their neighbouring home country, an AFP reporter said, the latest such return coordinated between Beirut and Damascus.

Activists hail Lebanon ruling that could protect gay rights

Beirut - Lebanese activists have celebrated a court ruling they say paves the way towards decriminalising homosexuality in the small Middle Eastern country.On Thursday, a Lebanese appeals court upheld the 2017 acquittal of nine people prosecuted over being gay....

HRW urges Lebanon to investigate alleged torture of actor

Beirut - Lebanon must investigate the account of a prominent actor who says he was forcibly disappeared and tortured by state security forces last year, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

More Syrians leave Lebanon for home

Al Masna` - Several dozen Syrian refugees left Lebanon for neighbouring Syria on Sunday as part of returns coordinated between both countries, an AFP reporter and authorities said.

Hezbollah says will help Syrian refugees return from Lebanon

Beirut - The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Friday his powerful movement was creating a mechanism to help Syrian refugees in the country return home, in coordination with Lebanese authorities and Damascus.

Refugees begin return to Syria from Lebanon border town

Fakieh - Hundreds of Syrian refugees began returning home from the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Thursday as part of a coordinated operation between authorities in Beirut and Damascus.

For Syrian refugees, fear of conscription prevents return home

Sa`d Nayil - Eking out a living in a ramshackle camp in east Lebanon has been hell for Syrian refugee Mohammed, but the alternative is far worse -- going home means taking up arms."Who would voluntarily choose to go on a death march?

Embattled Merkel in Lebanon amid heated asylum debate

Beirut - German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Beirut Thursday, on the second leg of a Middle East trip that comes amid an acrimonious debate at home over refugee policy.

Lebanese PM in Moscow to meet Putin

Beirut - Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, the eve of the FIFA World Cup, Hariri's office said.

Lebanese man stranded for 42 days in Ecuador airport

Quito - A Lebanese man has been stuck in immigration purgatory at an airport in Ecuador for 42 days after losing his passport and being returned there from Spain.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

Beirut's dapper barber-on-a-bike offers curbside cuts

Beirut - Dressed in an old straw hat and navy suspenders, Abo Tawila pedals around a southern district of Beirut. A rare sight in modern-day Lebanon, the young barber-on-a-bike is looking for his next customer.

Lebanon fears Syria land law will hinder refugee returns

Beirut - Lebanon's top diplomat warned Saturday that a recent Syrian property law could dispossess hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees from their land back home, leaving them permanently displaced in Lebanon.
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Smoke rises after an explosion in the village of Ghajar in southern Lebanon.
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A group raising the Hezbollah flag
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Lebanese soldiers on patrol
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Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
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Lebanese President inspects UNIFIL Guard of Honour with UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Graziano.
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The United Nations refugee agency blames the current refugee crisis on deplorable conditions at refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. UN agencies are running out of money, unable to provide basic needs. And that's forcing families to flee.
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A view of the Lebanon/Israel border.
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A peace flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade
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The city of Tripoli
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Beirut, Lebanon with President G.W. Bush
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Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
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The Bekaa Valley is the fertile farm land of Lebanon, located east of Beirut and stretching south to the Israeli border
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The man buying watermelon from a roadside stand in Lebanon can trace his ancestry back to the ancient Canaanites.
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Prime Minister David Cameron made his first visit to Lebanon, visiting a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley. The camp is just one of 1,000 camps spread across the country.
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Firefighters extinguish a fire from a building at the site of an explosion in the Haret Hreik area, in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut January 21, 2014. The explosion rocked Beirut's southern suburbs hitting a Hezbollah stronghold
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Old City Cafe in Cranford New Jersey
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Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
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Lebanese Red Cross personnel cover a body near a destroyed car believed to be the vehicle in which former finance minister Mohamad Chatah was travelling in, after an explosion in Beirut's downtown area December 27, 2013
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