- Middle East France Begins Strikes in Iraq as Anti-Jihadist Drive Widens France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq Friday, boosting U.S.-led efforts to unite the world against the gr... 19 September 2014, 12:38 50
- Lebanon 2 Soldiers Dead in Roadside Bombing in Arsal Two soldiers were killed and three others wounded on Friday after their vehicle was targeted by a roadside bomb in the northeastern border town of ... 19 September 2014, 12:38 60
- World Scotland Rejects Independence in Historic Referendum, Salmond Decides to Resign Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said Friday he would resign after losing a referendum that left the United Kingdom intact but opene... 19 September 2014, 08:37 9
President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated former State Department official Rich Verma to be the new U.S. ambassador to India.
Verma, an Indian-American and lawyer by trade, served in Obama's first term and is seen as close to the administration.Full Story
The army has arrested three Syrians, one of whom admitted to witnessing the beheading of a Lebanese soldier taken captive by jihadists in the northeastern border town of Arsal.
The three Syrians, who had infiltrated Lebanon, were arrested in the Baalbek town of Iaat three days ago.Full Story
As Islamic State fighters have advanced in neighboring Syria and after the brutal beheading of two of its soldiers, Lebanon has reacted with fear but also dark humor mocking the jihadists.
After a deadly battle between Lebanese troops and jihadists flowing from Syria into the town of Arsal in August, many Lebanese started greeting each other with a characteristic mixture of concern and jest.Full Story
The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry said.Full Story
Warnings that the Islamic State organisation may be plotting to attack Pope Francis during his visit to mostly-Muslim Albania on Sunday have been shrugged off by the Vatican.Full Story
Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel stressed on Friday that the election of a new head of state is a priority that should precede legislation, acknowledging difficulties in resolving the political impasse.
He stressed in comments published in the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that the current parliament should only convene to elect a new president, clarifying that his party rejects to meet to discuss draft-laws in the absence of a president.Full Story
The Lebanese government is expected to meet to discuss the fate of the growing number of Syrian refugees after cabinet members and the United Nations refused to establish camps to house them on the border with Syria.
Several ministers rejected the idea during a session held under Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Thursday over fears that the shantytowns would turn into training camps for jihadists.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri stressed on Friday that he will accept the extension of the parliament's term if a new head of state was elected, ruling out that he would challenge the decision to prolong the legislature's tenure.
“I would accept the extension of the parliament's term only if a serious and real agreement to elect a consensual president preceded it,” Berri said in comments published in local newspapers.Full Story
Qatar's envoy, who is tasked with mediating the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen taken captive by jihadists from a border town, is expected to arrive in Beirut on Friday amid hopes by their families that the hostages will escape beheading.
The envoy, a Syrian, is scheduled to meet with members from the Muslim Scholars Committee and officials close to al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front away from media spotlight.Full Story
In his white prison uniform, Sherif Farag was forced to present his thesis behind bars where he spent months without trial, a procedure Egypt's government is accused of using to silence its opponents.Full Story