| Jul 12, 2013
| 10:39 AM
BEIRUT -- Taking a definitive stance on a topic that remains extremely sensitive in the Arab world, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society declared this week that homosexuality is not a mental illness and does not merit “reparative therapy.”...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:59 AM
BEIRUT -- The United Nations has called on nations not to turn back Syrian civil war refugees, whose swelling ranks now constitute the world’s fastest-growing refugee flow in almost 20 years.
“I reiterate my call to all states in the...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 7:44 AM
BEIRUT—The European Union on Monday declared the military wing of Hezbollah a terrorist organization, dealing a political blow to the powerful Lebanese group.
The EU’s 28 members made the decision to put Hezbollah on its terror list at their...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 3:00 PM
"He who makes a beast of himself," Samuel Johnson famously observed, "gets rid of the pain of being a man." His subject is, of course, inebriation and the way that, in the derangement of the senses, we might escape, however briefly, what Lawrence...
| May 19, 2013
| 12:56 PM
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces launched a long-planned offensive early Sunday on the strategic city of Qusair and neighboring rebel-controlled villages near the Lebanese border, with heavy shelling that began shortly after midnight, according...
| May 20, 2013
| 8:11 AM
BEIRUT -- Renewed clashes were reported Monday in the strategic Syrian city of Qusair, where government forces pressed an offensive aimed at chasing rebels from the supply and logistics hub.
There were conflicting accounts from the government and the...
| May 22, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Charley Reese, a retired Orlando Sentinel columnist who for decades argued forcefully for less government and more personal freedom, died Tuesday. He was 76.
Reese, who lived in Seminole County, died of respiratory failure after a long illness, family...
| May 26, 2013
| 9:21 AM
BEIRUT--A pair of rockets slammed into the southern reaches of Beirut early Sunday, raising fears that spillover violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria could be spreading to the Lebanese capital.
Four men were injured but none killed in the...
| May 27, 2013
| 5:19 PM
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) paid a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and spoke with rebel leaders allied with the Free Syrian Army about the ongoing conflict with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
McCain’s office confirmed his visit...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 9:05 PM
When officials pulled Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen off a bus bound for Mexico, they said the security guard was headed to Lebanon and planned to make his way across its rugged terrain into Syria.
Traveling under the name Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, the 24-year-old...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:07 AM
The former chief financial officer of an Orange County technology company was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for stealing about $15 million from the company.
Jean Joseph Ibrahim pleaded guilty in 2012 to a charge related to the...