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  • A Lebanese army soldier sits behind his weapon on the top of an armored personnel carrier, during clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanon puts army in control of Tripoli

    The Lebanese government authorized the army on Monday to take control of the northern city of Tripoli for six months following three days of sectarian clashes, a decision meant to allay fears that fighting in Lebanon's second largest city was spiraling out of control.


  • Masked Sunni gunmen hold their weapons May 21, 2012, as they attend the funeral procession of anti-Syrian regime Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmed Abdul-Wahid, who was shot at a Lebanese army checkpoint, at his hometown village of Beireh, Lebanon. (Associated Press)

    Violence in Syria spills over into Lebanon

    Syria's war barreled over the border with an angry, raucous funeral Monday for an anti-Syrian cleric whose killing set off a night of deadly street battles in Beirut and raised fears that Lebanon is getting drawn into the chaos afflicting its neighbor.


  • Lebanese and Syrian activists hold Syrian revolutionary flags on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, during a candlelight vigil in downtown Beirut in mourning Syrians killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March. The banner in Arabic reads, "2012 Syria is free." (Associated Press)

    Syrian exiles smuggling weapons, goods to revolutionaries

    Syrian dissidents based in Lebanon have stepped up efforts to help the opposition in their country by smuggling medicine, satellite phones, cameras and weapons into Syria — and refugees and injured fighters out.


  • **FILE** In this photo from April 6, 2003, Lebanese Prime Minister designate Rafik Hariri speaks to reporters in Beirut after Lebanese President Emile Lahoud asked Hariri to form a new cabinet. Hariri was killed along with 22 other people in a massive truck bombing along Beirut's waterfront in 2005. (Associated Press)

    Hezbollah member wanted in Lebanon ex-PM killing

    A U.N.-backed court indicted at least one senior Hezbollah member and three other suspects Thursday in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese official said.


  • Ex-premier warns against cutting U.S. aid to Lebanese military

    Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is warning that a congressional effort to cut funds to the country's armed forces would be "a gift" to Hezbollah and its Iranian allies.


  • Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri (right) meets with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati at Mr. Hariri's residence in Beirut on Wednesday. Lebanon's new Hezbollah-backed prime minister began the process of forming a new Cabinet on Wednesday, as calm returned to the country after two days of protests against the Iranian-backed militant group's growing influence. (Associated Press)

    U.S. considers slashing financial aid to Lebanon

    The Obama administration is reconsidering how it bankrolls Lebanon after the militant Iranian-backed group Hezbollah won a prominent role in the government of the fragile Mideast state where the U.S. has spent millions promoting a pro-Western agenda.


  • A covered statue of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri stands in Beirut. Eleven of 30 Lebanese Cabinet members, all supporters of Hezbollah, resigned Wednesday, sinking the coalition government after months of disagreement over how to respond to a U.N. probe into the assassination. (Associated Press)

    Lebanese coalition collapses in turmoil over probe

    Lebanon's year-old coalition government collapsed Wednesday amid fears that a United Nations report into the 2005 assassination of the country's prime minister will trigger a new civil war and plunge the Middle East into another conflict.


  • Associated Press
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri disavowed quotes attributed to him in a pro-Syrian Lebanese newspaper.

    Hariri denies plan to abjure slaying probe

    Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri pushed back Wednesday against a report claiming he planned to end his support for the U.N.'s Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the body investigating the 2005 assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.


  • Civil defense workers and Lebanese soldiers (below) carry an injured soldier in the village of Adaisseh on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

    5 dead in Israel-Lebanon skirmish

    Tempers flared in the Middle East on Tuesday after a morning border skirmish between Israeli and Lebanese soldiers left four Lebanese and one Israeli dead.


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