Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's health minister — named to the post by the country's Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the...
Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US
BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone."
That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut...
New Yorker convicted of giving material support to Hezbollah
NEW YORK (AP) — A New Yorker was convicted Thursday of providing material support to Hezbollah by seeking targets in New York City for terrorist attacks.
Relative: Lebanese man sentenced to life in prison in UAE
BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man held in the United Arab Emirates on charges of links to the militant Hezbollah group has been sentenced to life in prison, while five others were ordered released, a...
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Drug and money-laundering investigators joined by U.S. federal agents raided a villa linked to one of Venezuela's richest men, Dominican officials...
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon have confirmed the existence of a third cross-border tunnel, out of six the Israeli military said it discovered in the area last year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is offering rewards of up to $10 million each for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah organization.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah on Wednesday called the U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization "stupidity," and...
Venezuelan FM visits anti-US allies in Mideast
BEIRUT (AP) — Venezuela's foreign minister, meeting with anti-U.S. allies in the Middle East, said Wednesday that opposition leader Juan Guaidó is in breach of the constitution and that the...
Investigative group says Gambia ex-leader stole $1 billion
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's ex-President Yahya Jammeh looted the tiny West African nation of $1 billion through fear and privilege during his 22 years in power, an amount more than 10 times...
Rights group faults treatment of Lebanese held in UAE
BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch says eight Lebanese men charged with links to the Hezbollah militant group are being poorly treated and held in undisclosed locations in the United Arab...
Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city
BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old...
Pompeo at odds with Lebanese officials over Hezbollah
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called on the Lebanese people to stand up to Hezbollah's "criminality, terror and threats," and claimed U.S. sanctions on Iran and its...
Pompeo heads to Lebanon, where Hezbollah is at peak strength
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to use his first visit to Lebanon this week to step up pressure on Iran and its local ally, Hezbollah. But he could face resistance even...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Wednesday it has uncovered a militant network run by the Lebanese Hezbollah group inside Syria, along the frontier with Israel.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president has spoken up in defense of the country's militant Hezbollah group, telling a visiting British official that the group's allegiances in the region do not affect...
BEIRUT (AP) — A top U.S. State Department official visiting Lebanon said Tuesday that the new government in Beirut needs to make tough decisions as it tackles widespread corruption and a crumbling...
Lebanon’s Hezbollah rejects Britain’s move to ban it
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Hezbollah group on Friday strongly rejected the British government's move to ban it as a terrorist organization, calling it an "insult" to the Lebanese people and evidence...
UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah
LONDON (AP) — The British government said Monday it plans to ban Hezbollah as a terrorist group, accusing the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah suspends official over Parliament spat
BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah's top commanding body suspended the political activities of a leading legislator because of his spat with rival politicians in Parliament last week, a Lebanese politician...
US voices concern over Hezbollah’s role in Lebanese Cabinet
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon expressed concerns Tuesday over the militant Hezbollah group's growing role in the new Cabinet, saying it does not contribute to...
Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against IS
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump ahead of his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that had it not been for the U.S., Syrian government forces, supported by Hezbollah fighters on the ground, would have defeated the extremists a long time ago.
Syria says Israel shells southern region, no casualties
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that Israel has bombarded the southern province of Quneitra, causing material damage but no casualties.
SANA news agency says Israeli troops fired several shells on Quneitra's abandoned hospital and a nearby observation post.
Last month, the Israeli military confirmed attacking Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport.
Lebanon to boycott Warsaw conference seen as hostile to Iran
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon said Monday it will not take part in a Middle East conference in Poland this week that is widely seen as an effort to isolate Iran.
Hezbollah leader appears on Israeli recycling ad
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign.
A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv's Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.
Above Nasrallah's head reads the caption: "I don't recycle bottles." Beneath him, the poster says: "Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?"
Iran FM extends support for new Lebanese government
BEIRUT (AP) — Iran's foreign minister extended an offer for Iranian military assistance to the U.S.-backed Lebanese army on Sunday, saying Iran is ready to assist in all sectors should the Lebanese government want it.
Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to reporters Sunday at Beirut's airport shortly after his arrival in the Lebanese capital for a two-day official visit.
UN urges Lebanon’s parties not to back foreign conflicts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on all Lebanese parties Friday to implement a policy disassociating themselves from any external conflicts "as an important priority," a statement that appears clearly aimed at Hezbollah which has sent fighters to Syria.
Hezbollah leader says in event of war, Iran won’t be alone
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah said Wednesday the organization would defend Iran in the event of war, saying the Islamic Republic would not be alone in a confrontation with America.
Hassan Nasrallah said the Islamic Republic is currently the strongest state in the region, and the so-called axis of resistance led by Iran is the strongest it has ever been. The axis groups the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad with Shiite militias in Iraq and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah leader dismisses US concerns over Lebanon Cabinet
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah is brushing off U.S. concerns about the health minister his group named to the new government, calling the official a "trusted brother" who will serve all Lebanese.
Hassan Nasrallah stressed Monday that Jamil Jabbak is not a member of the militant group, which Washington sanctions as a terrorist organization. He is one of three ministers named by the group.
Lebanon’s new Cabinet vows to face economic challenges
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new Cabinet held its first meeting Saturday and the country's leaders vowed to deal swiftly with the political and economic challenges the country faces, while playing down the militant Hezbollah group's takeover of the health ministry.
US warns Lebanon’s Hezbollah not to funnel ministry’s money
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. is concerned about the militant Hezbollah group naming a health minister and two other posts in Lebanon's Cabinet and called on the new government to ensure the ministries' resources do not provide support to the organization, the State Department said Friday.
Deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said that after the formation of the new government, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks forward to traveling to Lebanon.
Lebanon factions form government, ending nine-month deadlock
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese political factions agreed Thursday to form a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country' economic woes.
Rival political groups had been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years.
Lebanon’s daily Al-Mustaqbal closes its print edition
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's daily Al-Mustaqbal, which is owned by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's family, says it is ceasing its print edition and turning into a digital newspaper.
Netanyahu dismisses ‘embarrassed’ Hezbollah leader’s threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed threats made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, saying the Iranian-backed group is "in distress" and "very embarrassed."
Hezbollah leader warns Israel over attacks in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon warned Israel late Saturday over its continued attacks in Syria, saying a miscalculation could drag the region into a war.
Hassan Nasrallah made the comment during a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than three hours with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station.
Nasrallah said Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could "at any moment" decide to deal differently with Israel's actions in Syria and hinted that Tel Aviv might be a target.
UN envoy: No access for UN peacekeepers to Lebanon tunnels
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' envoy to the Mideast said Tuesday that peacekeepers in Lebanon have not been given access to tunnels stretching into Israel, which U.N. officials say violate a case-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.
New Israeli military chief pledges to lead ‘innovative’ army
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders.
Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) — An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive.
Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya get a seat at the table, despite the unresolved mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Lebanese cleric in Libya four decades ago?
Senior US official vows to counter Iran on Lebanon visit
CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.S. official says the U.S. will step up efforts to counter Iran's "dangerous activities" around the region including the financing and activities of proxy organizations such as Lebanon's Hezbollah.
Barak slams Netanyahu for breaking Israel ambiguity on Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is attacking the country's current leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, for breaking with Israel's ambiguity over its strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
Barak's comments on Monday came a day after Netanyahu's abrupt confession that Israel had struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria in recent years, including a weapons facility over the weekend.
Israel confirms Syria strike, ends mission on Lebanon border
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, including a weapons facility in a weekend airstrike, as the military announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for cross-border attacks.
The Latest: Israeli PM confirms weekend strikes in Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's operation along its border with Lebanon (all times local):
Israel's prime minister says the country struck an Iranian weapons storage facility over the weekend at the Damascus International Airport.
Benjamin Netanyahu's comments on Sunday at his weekly Cabinet meeting mark a rare public acknowledgement of Israeli activity in Syria.
Syria says Israeli warplanes hit Damascus airport warehouse
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Missiles fired by Israeli warplanes struck a warehouse at Damascus International Airport late Friday, causing damage but no casualties, a Syrian military official said.
The unidentified official was quoted by Syrian state media as saying Israeli aircraft coming from the south fired several missiles at areas near Damascus about 45 minutes before midnight. He said Syrian air defense units shot down most of the missiles, but gave no details on other sites targeted.
Lebanon to complain to UN over Israeli border wall
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon says it will file a complaint at the U.N. over Israel's construction of a wall along the border, which Israel says is entirely within its own territory.
Lebanon's state-run National News Agency quoted Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil as calling the Israeli move a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 war between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group.
The wall is being built on the edge of the Lebanese border village of Kfar Kela.
Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russia objects
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the Hezbollah militant group.
The Latest: Israeli official says Israel carried out strike
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on an Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital (all times local):
An Israeli security official has confirmed that Israel carried out an overnight airstrike in Syria, saying a series of Iranian targets were hit.
Israeli army says it destroys another Hezbollah tunnel
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Wednesday destroyed another cross-border tunnel it says was built by Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, sending a loud explosion throughout the volatile area.
Israel this month announced the discovery of the tunnels, which it says were part of a Hezbollah plot to sneak across the border and carry out attacks in Israel.