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Gun battles flare in Lebanon's Tripoli

Gun battles flare in Lebanon's Tripoli

Gun battles have erupted again in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, with gunmen firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. At least three people were killed in clashes overnight linked to the civil war in neighbouring Syria, Lebanese police sources said. Two gunmen...

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Lebanon's new government gets go-ahead from parliament

Lebanon's new government gets go-ahead from parliament

Lebanon's parliament gave a newly-formed cabinet a vote of confidence on Thursday, ending almost a year of political deadlock during which the country has been pulled further into the civil war in neighboring  Syria . The approval - by 96 of the 101 parliamentarians who...

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Israel advances plans for  2,269 West Bank homes

Israel advances plans for 2,269 West Bank homes

Israel has progressed with plans for more than 2,000 new homes in six West Bank settlements, an official said Thursday, in a move likely to further endanger peace talks.   Guy Inbar, a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry unit responsible for civilian affairs in the...

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South Arabia sentences 13 for backing militants in kingdom and abroad

South Arabia sentences 13 for backing militants in kingdom and abroad

A Saudi court has sentenced 13 men to up to 14 years in prison for security offences including material support to wanted Islamist militants, aiding terrorism and helping young men go to  Iraq ,  Syria  and  Afghanistan  to fight. The conservative...

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