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Lebanon newspaper goes blank to protest political crisis

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The oldest newspaper in Lebanon, An-Nahar, publishes a completely blank issue to protest a political deadlock and economic woes in their country

A man holds a blank copy of Lebanon's leading newspaper An-Nahar outside a bookstore in the coastal Lebanese port city of Byblos, north of Beirut, on October 11, 2018. Lebanon's oldest newspaper An-Nahar went out to newsstands completely blank today to protest a political deadlock and economic woes in the tiny Mediterranean country. An-Nahar, which was founded in 1933, published eight blank pages in print and linkless white boxes on its main page online.  JOSEPH EID / AFP

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

Jun 03, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'It's a beautiful idea because it's a really old one,' says the dapper 18-year-old Abo Tawila as he makes his way through the buzzing district of Burj al-Barajneh

Joseph Eid / AFP

Lebanon PM Hariri rescinds resignation: cabinet statement

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:29 PM

'The Lebanese government, in all its political components, has committed to distance itself from all conflicts, wars, and internal affairs of Arab states,' according to the cabinet statement read by the returning Hariri

RESCINDS. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on December 5, 2017. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Egyptian President Sisi to meet Lebanon's Hariri

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is now in Paris where he already announced on Twitter that he would visit Egypt for the meeting ahead of his planned return home for Lebanon's Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Arab League chief asks Lebanon be 'spared'

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:56 PM

'No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon,' says Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun

DIPLOMACY. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on November 20, 2017, shows Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit (left) meeing Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace of Baabda. Photo by Dalati and Nohra/AFP

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France after 'Saudi hostage' rumors

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been in Riyadh since issuing a statement on television there on November 4 that he was stepping down because he feared for his life

FREE. An image grab from an AFP TV shows French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (left) during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the latter's residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 16, 2017. Photo by Rania Sanjar/AFP

Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic first

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Lebanese Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrive in Riyadh, in the first trip to the Saudi kingdom by a senior Lebanese figure

HISTORIC. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 14, 2017, shows Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai (right) meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/ Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Craft brewers edge their way into Lebanon market

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:09 PM

Lebanon stands apart from many of its neighbors, with relatively relaxed social mores and a large Christian population, meaning its market for booze is larger

THRIVING.A worker fills beer bottles at the Colonel Beer brewery in the town of Batroun, north of Beirut, on October 5, 2017. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Explosion rocks bank HQ in Lebanese capital

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:20 AM

UPDATED Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnuq says bomb containing about 3 4 kilos 6 6 8 8 pounds of explosives had been placed behind the back wall of BLOM BANK

epa05360081 Lebanese soldiers stand outside the headquarters of Blom Bank in the Hamra district, after a car bomb exploded near the entrance shortly after 8pm, in central Beirut, Lebanon, 12 June 2016. No casualties or injuries were reported. EPA/KELLY LYNN LUNDE

Dozens dead in heaviest east Syria strikes since war began – monitor

Nov 21, 2015 - 11:19 AM

Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights describes the raids as the worst bombardment of the region since the start of the uprising in 2011

'HEAVIEST STRIKES.' A handout frame grab from video footage published on the official website of the Russian Defence Ministry 18 November 2015 shows smoke rising after a strike carried out by Russian warplanes against columns of what Russia says were Islamic State (ISIS or IS) tanker vehicles transporting oil products in Syrian territory. Handout photo by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/EPA

APEC vs terrorism, maritime dispute, Ronda Rousey | 6PM wRap

Nov 19, 2015 - 6:42 PM

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FULL TEXT: 2015 APEC Leaders' Declaration

Nov 19, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Read the full text of the Leaders Declaration at the APEC Summit in Manila

APEC FAMILY. APEC leaders pose for their traditional 'family photo' before the leaders' retreat at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines, on November 19, 2015. Robert Viñas/Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

APEC leaders close summit by condemning terror attacks

Nov 19, 2015 - 4:44 PM

21 Asia Pacific leaders say economic growth is among the most powerful tools to address terrorism s root causes

'FIGHT TERRORISM.' APEC 2015 chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III joins fellow world leaders, namely, (L-R) (front row) Republic of Chile President Michelle Bachelet; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Brunei Darussalam Prime Minister Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; Commonwealth of Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping; Republic of Peru President Ollanta Humala; Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang; United States of America President Barack Obama; Kingdom of Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-Cha; and Chinese Taipei former Vice President Vincent Siew. (back row) Hong Kong, China Chief Executive CY Leung; Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; United Mexican States President Enrique Peña Nieto; New Zealand Prime Minister John Key; Independent State of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill; Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; and Republic of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for the traditional Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) Family Photo at the Main Lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City on Thursday (November 19, 2015). Working with this year’s theme: “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World.” The APEC leaders call for increased global cooperation against terrorism. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Jangan nyinyir kepada kepedulian orang lain

Nov 16, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Mengapa masyarakat Indonesia saling mengejek saat menunjukkan solidaritas kepada korban tragedi?

SOLIDARITAS. Orang-orang menyalakan lilin untuk korban serangan di Paris di luar kantor Kedutaan Besar Perancis di Berlin, Jerman, 13 November 2015. Foto oleh Lukas Schulze/EPA

FOTO: Solidaritas untuk Beirut

Nov 16, 2015 - 3:12 PM

ISIS mengaku bertanggung jawab atas serangan Beirut Lebanon yang menewaskan 43 orang

PORAK PORANDA. Warga Lebanon dan polisi berbaur di kawasan Bourj al-Barajneh, Beirut Selatan pada 12 November 2015. Foto oleh Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Lebanon mourns 43 killed in Beirut double bomb attack

Nov 13, 2015 - 4:45 AM

UPDATED The blasts appears to mark a return to a campaign of attacks that targeted the group s strongholds between 2013 and 2014 ostensibly in revenge for its military support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad

BEIRUT BLAST. Lebanese policemen and citizens inspect the site where two suicide bombers blow themselves up in Bourj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, 12 November 2015.

IS claims bloody attacks on Kurds, regime in Syria

Mar 22, 2015 - 8:02 PM

The extremist group Islamic State says it detonated a car and a bike rigged with explosives in Hasakeh city which is controlled by Kurdish fighters and Syrian regime forces

Promises of love, jobs for foreign recruits in ISIS 'utopia'

Mar 07, 2015 - 12:37 PM

ISIS is increasingly targeting young Western women as dramatically illustrated last month when three British teenaged girls ran away from their London homes to join the jihadists

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

Jan 19, 2015 - 10:41 PM

An analyst close to the Islamic resistance group Hezbollah says he has no doubt the group would retaliate either from Lebanese or Syrian territory

HIGH TENSION. This photo shows Israeli tanks patrolling near Israeli-Syrian border. File photo by Atef Safadi/EPA

Syria jihadists crack down on would-be deserters: activists

Nov 22, 2014 - 12:33 AM

The IS in Syria commits some of the worst abuses including a string of highly publicized beheadings of Western civilian hostages and executions of Syrian and Iraqi soldiers

Jihadists make fresh Syria advance

Jul 27, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The extremist Islamic State IS seizes an army position in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh amid a major escalation in the jihadist offensive against regime bases

AFTERMATH. An injured Syrian man reacts as he walk amidst the rubble of a building following a reported barrel-bomb attack by the Syrian air force, in the Shaar neighborhood of the city of Aleppo, on July 27, 2014. The conflict in Syria has killed more than 170,000 people and forced nearly half the population to flee their homes. Photo by Fadi Al-Halabi / AFP / AMC

Hollande to meet Syria, Lebanon opposition chiefs in Saudi

Dec 29, 2013 - 9:04 PM

French President Francois Hollande will meet former Lebanese premier Saad Hariri and Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Jarb amid heightening tensions in Lebanon after the assassination of Hariri s close aide ex minister Mohammad Chatah

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows President Bashar al-Assad giving a speech at an "iftar" meal on the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with political and religious figures in Damascus on August 4, 2013. Photo by AFP/SANA handout

Filipina hurt in Beirut blast; 6 dead

Dec 27, 2013 - 10:56 PM

The explosion in Beirut Lebanon kills 6 people including an influential member of a coalition opposed to the Syrian regime

Air blitz death toll in Syria's Aleppo passes 400

Dec 25, 2013 - 11:37 PM

The death toll from a 10 day Syrian regime air offensive on Aleppo rebels passes 400 Wednesday

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Syria air strikes kill 15 in hard-hit Aleppo

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Activists also reports an airstrike against Azaz on Syria s border with Turkey

THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. AFP/Mohammed al-Khatieb

Suspected bomber in Beirut Iran embassy attack identified

Nov 23, 2013 - 10:33 PM

DNA tests on Adnan Abu Dahr show human remains at the scene belong to his son Mouin Abu Dahr identified as one of two attackers

US evacuates Beirut embassy

Sep 06, 2013 - 9:24 PM

UPDATED The conflict in Syria has increasingly spilled over into Lebanon leading to the decision

EVACUATE. Lebanese soldiers block a road leading to the American embassy in eastern Beirut as supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad demonstrated against a possible US military strike on Syria. The State Department ordered nonessential US diplomats to leave Lebanon over security concerns and urged private American citizens to depart as well. Photo by AFP/Anwar Amro

Car bomb death toll climbs to 22 in Hezbollah bastion

Aug 16, 2013 - 12:13 PM

A car bomb blast killed at least 18 in a Hezbollah bastion Thursday

Worst storms in decade bring Mideast to near standstill

Jan 10, 2013 - 11:09 PM

Freezing temperatures and floods since Sunday have claimed at least 11 lives across the region and exacerbated the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees huddled in tented camps in Jordan Turkey and Lebanon

Assad accused as Beirut bomb kills security official

Oct 20, 2012 - 10:18 AM

A car bomb blast in central Beirut killed a top security official linked to the anti Damascus camp in Lebanon a government official says

Filipinos, other foreign maids put demons aside, pray with pope

Sep 16, 2012 - 11:24 PM

They have all heard stories of foreign housemaids being abused in Lebanon and some may even have suffered themselves but Asians and Africans set such demons aside and joined in joyously as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass in Beirut

Angelina Jolie 'moved' by Lebanese hosting Syrian refugees

Sep 12, 2012 - 9:37 PM

Jolie a mother of six recounts her visit to three Syrian women who had made the harrowing journey to Lebanon alone with their children