Lebanon

Le Pen quits meeting with Lebanon's Sunni cleric over headscarf row

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen walked away from a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's senior Muslim Sunni cleric after she refused to wear a headscarf.

UN: Over 180,000 Syrian child refugees in Lebanon are out of school

More than 180,000 Syrian child refugees in Lebanon have been forced out of school and into labour markets, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said Monday.

Arrests in Lebanon after suicide attack foiled in Beirut

Lebanese security forces prevented a “massacre” when they foiled a suicide attack in a busy part of Beirut, Lebanese President Michele Aoun said Sunday in comments reported by Lebanon’s official National News Agency NNA.

Germany pledges additional 50 million euros in aid as Aleppo crumbles

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged 50 million euros (53.2 million dollars) in aid to the war-torn city of Aleppo in Syria after visiting a refugee camp in neighbouring Lebanon on Friday.

Lebanon's president-elect names Hezbollah critic as premier

Lebanon's newly-elected President Michel Aoun on Thursday named Saad Hariri, an outspoken critic of the Iranian- backed Lebanese Shiite movement, as prime minister.

Lebanon's president-elect starts consultations to name premier

Lebanon's newly-elected President Michel Aoun began consultations with the country's parliamentary blocs Wednesday ahead of naming a new prime minister.

Lebanon's parliament elects former army general Michel Aoun president

Lebanon's parliament elected former army general Michel Aoun Monday as the country's 13th president since it gained independence from France in 1943, thus ending a presidential vacuum of more than two years.

Four suicide bombers came from Syria, Lebanese Interior Minister says

Some of the suicide bombers who carried out the attacks on a Christian border village in eastern Lebanon this week came from Syria, Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouk said on Tuesday.

Nine killed in eastern Lebanon suicide bombings

Four suicide attacks in a mainly Christian area in eastern Lebanon left at least nine people dead and several wounded on Monday, police and a witness said.

Blast hits Lebanese bank headquarters, one injured

A huge explosion hit the Beirut headquarters of one of Lebanon's main banks on Sunday, a public holiday, but police said only one person suffered minor injuries from broken glass.

Nasrallah rules out Israel as behind killing of commander

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the radical Shiite Hezbollah movement, on Friday ruled out Israel as being behind the killing of the movement's top military commander in Syria.

Hezbollah: Sunni extremists killed top military commander in Syria

Sunni extremists were to blame for the killing of Hezbollah's high-ranking commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria, the Lebanese Shiite group said in a statement on Saturday.

Senior Hezbollah commander killed in Syria explosion

Mustafa Badreddine, a senior commander in the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, was killed in an explosion this week in Syria, the Iran-allied group said Friday.

Iran pays tribute to Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

Iran's foreign minister has praised the top commander of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, following confirmation of his death in Syria.

Senior Hezbollah commander killed in explosion in Syria

The Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement said Friday that Mustafa Badreddine, one of the group's top commanders, was killed in an explosion in Syria this week.

Hollande makes solidarity visit to Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

French President Francois Hollande toured a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon on Sunday, in a show of solidarity for the refugees and their host country.

Lebanon's Hezbollah slams Gulf states over terrorist claims

Lebanon's Hezbollah movement denounced on Thursday a Saudi–led Gulf alliance for its decision to label the pro-Iranian group a terrorist organization.

Iran: Gulf states ostracizing Hezbollah "not helpful"

Iran criticized a Saudi–led Gulf alliance's decision to designate the Lebanese Hezbollah movement a terrorist group, calling the move "not helpful" towards security in the region.

Saudi Arabia orders citizens to avoid Lebanon, Emirates follows suit

Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens to leave Lebanon, broadcaster al-Arabiya reported Tuesday, amid a worsening row between the two governments over Iran.

Lebanese politicians attack Hezbollah over Saudi aid cut

Two prominent Lebanese politicians Saturday lashed out at Shiite movement Hezbollah and its allies over Saudi Arabia's decision to halt a 4-billion-dollar military aid programme.

Saudi Arabia halts military aid to Lebanon over militia concerns

Saudi Arabia announced Friday that it was halting a 4-billion-dollar military aid programme for Lebanon, saying it was concerned about money ending up in the hands of the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.

Israel shells Lebanon after Hezbollah bomb attack on patrol

Israeli forces fired artillery rounds across the Lebanese border on Monday after Shiite militia Hezbollah attacked an Israeli army patrol in a disputed frontier area.

Outrage after Saudi Arabia executes top Shiite cleric

Saudi Arabia on Saturday came under blistering criticism from the region's Shiites after it executed a top Shiite cleric known for his activism against the Sunni government.