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Syrian refugees still pouring into Lebanon

With Syrian refugees still pouring into Lebanon, the humanitarian crisis is now catastrophic, says Fabrizio Carboni, head of the country’s Red Cross delegation. But disasters elsewhere are dividing donor’s attentions. Fabrizio Carboni: The situation is very difficult. In the last three or four years Lebanon has received something like 1.2 million refugees, as registered by the UNHCR. Even before the ...

Hay barn in Lebanon on fire, expected to burn for days

A barn filled with 2,000 tons of straw is on fire in Lebanon and fire officials believe it could burn for days. Meanwhile, authorities say the cause of the fire is suspicious and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The fire erupted at 12:31 a.m. today in a barn near Highway 20 and Bohlken Drive. The barn was engulfed ...

The defense minister extends terms of Army commander

The defense minister Wednesday night extended the terms of the Army commander, chief of staff and Intelligence head for more than one year each, political sources said, in a move likely to draw the ire of MP Michel Aoun, who has been pressing the government to appoint new military and security chiefs.

Lebanon: tourists seemingly undeterred by trash crisis

Jean Abboud, president of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, denied claims that the trash crisis in Lebanon has discouraged tourists from coming to the country this summer. Speaking to the Central News Agency, Abboud said that contrary to these claims, there were solid bookings up to the month of September. “If that happens [cancellation of bookings], we would ...

Israel readies Iron Dome on Lebanon border as Hezbollah anticipates arms from Iran

One year after Israel’s vaunted Iron Dome defense system helped protect citizens from a rocket barrage launched from Gaza, the Jewish State has deployed the shield to the north, likely amid fears Lebanon-based Hezbollah could get an infusion of cash and weapons from Iran. In an exclusive interview with FoxNews.com, Col. Yoni Saada Marom, commander of Israel’s Active Defense Air ...

Lebanon copes with garbage crisis and sustainability

Something stinks in Lebanon. For a week, 3,000 tons of garbage per day have piled up on the streets, left to rot in the heat wave while Beirut sorts out problems with waste disposal. The trash crisis prompted demonstrations and protests, and some residents burned garbage in the cans, sending toxic fumes into the already reeking city. The government has ...

Stateless Syrian children facing a lifetime in limbo in Lebanon

Born with a deformed left foot, eight-month-old Wael has yet to attempt his first faltering step. Instead he lies in his mother’s lap in their makeshift two-room concrete shack on the outskirts of Baalbek, in Lebanon’s Bekaa ­Valley. Wael’s chances of receiving treatment for his deformity are slim. His parents, Thaer, 26, and Asmaa, 19, fled from Syria to ­escape ...

Protesters block main roads in Lebanon rubbish crisis

Demonstrators blocked Lebanon’s main Mediterranean coastal highway on Sunday to protest against a rubbish collection problem in the capital Beirut that led the prime minister to threaten to resign. The havoc disrupted tens of thousands of weekenders and residents leaving Beirut for resorts and mountain villages, and also cut off inhabitants of southern towns heading back to the city. Residents ...

ISIS fighters dead in failed attack on Syria Alawite town: activists

ISIS fighters dead in failed attack on Syria Alawite town: At least 19 ISIS fighters were killed Wednesday in a failed attack on an Alawite village in the central Syrian province of Homs, an activist group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group, said three pro-regime militants were also killed repelling the attack on the village of ...

Army arrests 5 fugitives in north Lebanon

Security forces arrested five fugitives in different areas of north LebanonThursday at checkpoints and in house raids, security sources said. Lebanese fugitive Bassem al-Asmar, wanted over several arrest warrants, was arrested by the Army in al-Arour Street in the Tripolineighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, one source said, without specifying the nature of the charges. Police also arrested two people in other ...