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In region of its birth, Christianity is under increasing assault

In region of its birth, Christianity is under increasing assault

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Though it’s the birthplace of Christianity in ancient times, the modern Middle East is increasingly hostile to Christianity as civil conflict, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism grow in scope and strength. Although most regional states have a small but successful Christian minority ranging from Egypt to Iraq, only Lebanon, […]

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Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

By Fariborz Saremi Iran, which has often employed proxies such as Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Asaib A Haq (League of Righteous) in Iraq to expand its sphere of influence, now finds itself the victim of this form of warfare. Tehran is being forced to fight several low-level insurgencies in its border regions which, Tehran claims, […]

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Horrific picture emerges of besieged Syrian town

Horrific picture emerges of besieged Syrian town

WADI KHALED, Lebanon – Using horses and mules to carry their possessions, Syrians crossed a shallow river Monday to reach safety in Lebanon with tales of a “catastrophic” scene back home: sectarian killings, gunmen carrying out execution-style slayings and the stench of decomposing bodies in the streets. The accounts are bound together by a sense […]

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Arab protesters descend on Israeli borders

Arab protesters descend on Israeli borders

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights – Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations, sparking clashes that left at least 15 people dead in an annual Palestinian mourning ritual marking the anniversary of Israel’s birth. In a surprising […]

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Hizbullah denies making demands on its PM choice

Hizbullah denies making demands on its PM choice

BEIRUT – The Iranian-backed militant group Hizbullah denied Thursday that it placed any demands on the billionaire businessman it chose to become prime minister of Lebanon. Hezbollah and its allies toppled Lebanon’s Western-backed government two weeks ago and secured enough support in parliament to name Najib Mikati as their pick for prime minister. Critics have expressed […]

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Hizbullah said to stage coup rehearsals in Beirut

WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Iran-sponsored Hizbullah organization, which recently collapsed the Lebanon coalition government by withdrawing, is said to have simulated a coup in Beirut. Lebanese sources said Hizbullah staged a massive exercise on Jan. 18 in which thousands of fighters appeared on the streets of Beirut. They said the exercise was meant to simulate […]

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Potential kingmaker in Lebanon supports Hizbullah

Potential kingmaker in Lebanon supports Hizbullah

BEIRUT – A potential kingmaker in Lebanese politics threw his support Friday behind Hizbullah, a major boost to the Shiite militant group that brought down the country’s Western-backed government last week. Walid Jumblatt, the influential leader of the Druse sect, refused to say exactly how many lawmakers are with him, but his support is key […]

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First indictment filed in Lebanon's Hariri killing

First indictment filed in Lebanon's Hariri killing

BEIRUT – A U.N. tribunal filed the first indictment Monday in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, touching off a process many fear could ignite new bloodshed nearly six years after the massive truck bombing along Beirut’s waterfront. The contents of the draft indictment were not revealed and may not become public […]

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Hizbullah, backed by Iran, pushes Lebanon to the brink

Hizbullah, backed by Iran, pushes Lebanon to the brink

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Political winter has returned to Lebanon, the tiny but cosmopolitan country on the crossroads of the Middle East. The long shadow of Syria and Islamic Iran has again fallen over bustling Beirut and brought the Lebanese to the brink, as the militant Hizbullah movement has deliberately engineered a collapse […]

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Lebanese, Israeli militaries on alert along border

WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Israel and Lebanon have placed their militaries on alert in the wake of the collapse of the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Officials said the Lebanese Army has been placed on alert in southern Lebanon near the border with Israel. A similar situation was reported along the Israeli side of the […]