| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:59 AM
AMMAN, Jordan -- A team of 20 experts from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Beirut on Monday en route to Syria, where it will begin accounting for the government's stockpile of chemical weapons, the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 5:00 AM
BEIRUT -- The fragmented Syrian opposition reacted in divided fashion to the news that Syria may be willing to give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
Some opposition groups favoring a U.S. retaliatory strike on Syria denounced the move as a dilatory...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:22 PM
BEIRUT — A deadly explosion Thursday in a densely populated district of southern Beirut, a stronghold of the Hezbollah group, fanned new fears of violent fallout in Lebanon from the ongoing war in neighboring Syria.
Initial news service reports...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 3:55 PM
BEIRUT — The military coup that toppled Egypt’s Islamist president has divided the Middle East between those who see the move as a broadside against pious Muslims and those who view it as a triumph for secular values.
Divisions have also...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 3:11 AM
BEIRUT -- Gunmen early Friday waylaid a minibus carrying a Turkish Airlines crew on a road leading from Lebanon’s major international airport, kidnapping the pilot and co-pilot and taking them to an unknown destination, authorities said.
| Jul 24, 2013
| 9:09 AM
BEIRUT -- Iran's expatriate filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf is facing withering condemnation in his homeland for attending a film festival in Israel, the Islamic Republi's archfoe.
The acclaimed director, considered a pioneer of moviemaking in Iran,...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:14 AM
BEIRUT -- A prominent Syrian political analyst known for his staunch support of the government of President Bashar Assad was shot and killed early Wednesday at his home south of the Lebanese capital, authorities said.
The commentator, Mohammad Darrar...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:33 AM
TEHRAN -- In these first days of Ramadan, many Iranians hoped to hear a familiar and beloved voice as they tuned into state radio or switched on TV just before iftar, the evening meal that signals the end of the dawn-to-dusk fast.
They were looking...
| 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.”...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
TEHRAN — A spat over the possible reopening of a shuttered film institute is pitting Iran's culture overseers against an alliance of moviemakers and cinema buffs emboldened by the victory of moderate Hassan Rouhani in June's presidential balloting....
| Aug 29, 2013
So the U.S. launches a military strike. Then what?
As the Obama administration and the U.S. military plot military action against Syria, they should be spending just as much time — and arguably more — considering what happens next. Once...