JERUSALEM: After anti-Trump protests waned in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip on Sunday the protests flared near the US embassy in Beirut over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Four days of protests in the Palestinian territories over Trump’s announcement on Wednesday had largely died down, but his overturning of long-standing US policy on Jerusalem -- a city holy Muslims -- drew more Arab warnings of potential damage to prospects for Middle East peace.…
BEIRUT: Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis. Hariri’s sudden resignation on Nov. 4 thrust Lebanon to the forefront of regional tussle between the Sunni monarchy of Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Islamist Iran, whose powerful Lebanese ally Hezbollah is part of the government. Hariri was greeted by members of the security forces as he disembarked from a jet at Beirut airport,…
BEIRUT: Lebanon launched a bike-sharing programme in its capital, Beirut, on Sunday, hoping to cut down on its notorious traffic and pollution. The scheme aims to eventually allow users to rent and return bicycles at 25 automated stations distributed across the city. For now, a single station is operating in central Beirut, with limited cyclist lanes available to those looking to beat the traffic. Prime Minister Saad Hariri officially inaugurated the scheme, participating in a bike ride and pledging to organise…
BEIRUT: A bomb exploded in central Beirut on Sunday outside the headquarters of the Lebanese Blom Bank, causing damage to the building, security sources and witnesses said.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday condemned the horrific twin suicide bomb blasts that took place in Beirut yesterday, killing at least 43 people, according to a statement by the Foreign Office (FO).
BEIRUT: Islamic State fighters took control of the Syrian town of Maheen in the southwest of Homs province on Sunday after an attack on government forces in the area, a monitoring group and a statement by the jihadists said.
BEIRUT/AMMAN: Rustom Ghazali, Syria's last chief of intelligence in Lebanon who was a suspect in the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has died in Damascus, Lebanese media reported.
BEIRUT/AMMAN: In the course of a week, several setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad have provided fresh reminders of the strains facing the Syrian army and its allies in the four-year-long struggle for Syria.
BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed on Monday remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Assad should be included in negotiations to reach a political transition, saying "declarations from outside do not concern us".
BEIRUT: A video posted online by Islamic State militants on Tuesday showed a boy fatally shooting Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab accused by the group of having signed up as a jihadi to spy for Israel's intelligence service.