| Feb 1, 2015
| 9:51 AM
An explosion Sunday tore apart a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in a central neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus, according to official and opposition accounts.
The official Syrian state news agency, SANA, reported six dead and more than a dozen...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 5:25 PM
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Thursday that the United Nations had informed Israel that the Lebanese group Hezbollah was unlikely to escalate violence after deadly encounters a day earlier left three people dead, raising concern about more fighting...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 5:45 PM
A fresh spasm of violence Wednesday along contested terrain between Israel and Lebanon looks ominously like the scenario that sparked the 2006 war between the two bitter adversaries, raising the prospect of another major conflict in the heart of the...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 7:55 AM
While Iran's march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran's march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 2:47 PM
Iran confirmed Monday that a high-ranking commander was among those killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria, as the pro-Tehran Lebanese group Hezbollah held funerals for fighters lost in the attack.
In a statement, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 2:45 PM
Normally, it would be just another catty moment in the outdated world of beauty pageants, one that offers the added opportunity to poke a little fun at Donald Trump.
But what happened in the run-up to Trump's Miss Universe Pageant in Miami this week,...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 8:09 PM
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90.
More than his guarded and...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 9:28 AM
The bodies of three more Lebanese soldiers were discovered Saturday in a battlefield near the Syrian border, bringing to eight the number killed in the latest clashes with Syrian Islamist rebels, authorities said.
The intense gun battles have again...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 7:32 PM
Israel’s military carried out an airstrike in Syria on Sunday that killed at least seven people, including Hezbollah field commanders and several Iranians, according to Lebanese news reports that Israel neither confirmed nor denied.
| Jan 13, 2015
| 5:00 AM
It's well after 1 a.m. at Walkman, a new 1980s-themed bar off busy Hamra Street, and the liquor is still flowing, dance floor lights still flashing, girls in tight jeans and leopard-print tops still jumping to the remixed chorus of a far more contemporary...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 5:31 PM
When the snow started falling this weekend, the tail end of a tremendous winter storm that had killed several Syrian refugees in recent days, hundreds of people camped at an abandoned sugar factory here rushed to save their makeshift tents patched with...