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Leaks show Palestinians giving ground to Israel

Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem, according to leaked documents.

Israel boards Gaza aid ship

Israel's navy boarded another aid ship on Saturday to enforce a blockade of Gaza five days after its troops killed nine people on a Turkish aid boat.

Lebanon’s Hariri to take another stab at forming govt

Lebanon's president designated Saad al-Hariri prime minister on Wednesday, asking the politician to form a new government for a second time.

Lebanon’s Hariri abandons effort to form govt

Lebanese prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Thursday abandoned an attempt to form a government with rival groups including Hezbollah.

After Lebanon win, Hariri faces next test as PM

Success in Saad al-Hariri's next political test will hinge on lasting reconciliation with rivals allied to neighbouring Syria.

Hezbollah sees Israeli prisoner swap this month

Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday it had agreed to a United Nations-mediated deal to exchange prisoners with Israel.

Hezbollah fighters impose control on Beirut

Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah took control of the Muslim part of Beirut on Friday, tightening its grip on the city in a major blow to the United States-backed government. Security sources said at least 11 people had been killed and 30 wounded in three days of battles between pro-government gunmen and fighters loyal to Hezbollah.

Anti-government protesters paralyse Beirut

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah blocked main roads in Beirut with burning barricades on Wednesday, paralysing the city and deepening the pro-Iranian group's conflict with the United States-backed government. They set ablaze old cars and tyres to block the main road to Beirut's international airport, where air traffic was suspended because of a strike

Lebanon crisis derails vote for 16th time

Lebanon's presidential election was postponed to March 25 from Tuesday, the Parliament speaker said on Monday, the 16th delay of a vote derailed by the worst political crisis since the 1975 to 1990 civil war. The new election date set by speaker Nabih Berri is just four days before an Arab summit in Damascus.

Lebanon simmers three years after al-Hariri death

Three years after Rafik al-Hariri's assassination, the crisis unleashed by his death opens ever deeper rifts in Lebanon and threatens the state and society the leader tried to rebuild after the civil war. The February 14 anniversary of al-Hariri's death has become a symbol for divisions between the heirs to his legacy and their opponents.

Lebanon mourns slain anti-Syria MP, crisis deepens

Lebanon mourned on Thursday an anti-Syrian member of Parliament whose assassination plunged the country deeper into crisis and threatened to derail efforts to elect a new president. Banks, schools and government offices closed a day after a car bomb killed Christian Phalange Party parliamentarian Antoine Ghanem.

Palestinians seek end to Lebanon stand-off

Palestinian leaders on Monday sought to end a bloody stand-off between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants holed up in a refugee camp. The government is giving the main Palestinian factions time to try to deal with the Fatah al-Islam group, which has been battling the army around the Nahr al-Bared camp.

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