• 'Boiling again': Lebanon's old Christian rivalries rear up amid crisis
    BEIRUT, September 17 (Reuters): An old rivalry between Christian factions who fought each other in Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war has flared again on the street and in political debate, renewing fears of fresh unrest as the nation grapples with its worst crisis since the conflict. Never far from the surface in the past three decades, the feud between supporters of Michel Aoun, now Lebanon's president, and Samir Geagea's Lebanese Forces (LF) led to a tense standoff th
  • Pompeo says Hezbollah weapons risk torpedoing French efforts in Lebanon
    PARIS, September 15 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warned France that its efforts to resolve the crisis in Lebanon would be in vain without immediately tackling the issue of Iran-backed Hezbollah's weaponry. President Emmanuel Macron has spearheaded international efforts to set Lebanon on a new course after decades of corrupt rule led to its deepest crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. His initiative faced a setback, however, with Lebanon'
  • Hezbollah open to discussing new political order in Lebanon, says Nasrallah
    BEIRUT, August 30 (Reuters): Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday the powerful Shi'ite movement was open to discussing a new political order in Lebanon if all factions agree to it, as foreign donors press for deep reforms to tackle the country's multiple crises. The presidency has called for parliamentary consultations on Monday to choose a new prime minister after the government, which took office with the backing of Hezbollah and its allies, quit ov
  • Hezbollah will avenge slain fighter, leader warns Israel
    BEIRUT, August 30 (Reuters): Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday it was only a matter of time before the group killed an Israeli soldier to avenge the death of one its fighters in Syria and that it would not be drawn into clashes on the Lebanon-Israel frontier. Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah last fought a war in 2006, and tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border have been running high after the Shi'ite movement said one of its members was killed in
  • Israel strikes Hezbollah posts in Lebanon after firing at troops, military says
    TEL AVIV, August 26 (Reuters): The Israeli military struck what it said were posts belonging to Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah movement early on Wednesday after shots were fired from the other side of the border towards its troops. After a meeting, Lebanon's Supreme Defence Council denounced the incident which it called "an Israeli assault" and said a complaint would be filed to the United Nations. The Lebanese army said on its Twitter account that Israeli he
  • Lebanon's Hezbollah 'got power but lost the country'
    BEIRUT, August 19 (Reuters): Fifteen years after the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, Hezbollah has risen to become the overarching power in a country that is now collapsing under its feet amid a series of devastating crises. A U.N.-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a member of the Iranian-backed group of conspiring to kill Hariri in a 2005 bombing and acquitted three others. The verdict came at a time when Lebanon's economy has co
  • U.N. tribunal convicts main defendant in Hariri assassination case
    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands, August 18 (Reuters): A U.N.-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a 2005 bombing that set the stage for years of confrontation between Lebanon's rival political forces. There was insufficient evidence against three other men charged as accomplices in the bombing and they were acquitted, the tribunal found. Judges said they were "satisfied beyond a rea
  • Lebanon tribunal judge: No evidence of involvement by Hezbollah leadership in Hariri's killing
    Leidschendam, NETHERLANDS, August 18 (Reuters): There is no evidence that the leadership of the Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, or the Syrian government, were involved in the 2005 bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, a judge said on Tuesday. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is reading the verdict in the trial of four Hezbollah members charged with conspiracy to kill Hariri and 21 others. "The trial chamber is of the view th
  • Lebanese Christian cleric seen to criticise Hezbollah, allies over crisis
    BEIRUT, July 12 (Reuters): Lebanon's top Christian cleric stepped up criticism of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah and its allies without naming them on Sunday, saying Lebanese rejected being isolated from their allies and driven into decline.   Lebanon is suffering a financial meltdown which marks the biggest threat to its stability since the 1975-90 civil war.   For the second sermon in a row, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai stresse