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Spontaneous protest hounds former Lebanese PM from concert

16 Dec 2019

BEIRUT Outraged concert-goers shouting "revolution, revolution" hounded former Lebanese prime minister Fouad Siniora from a Christmas concert at the American University of Beirut on Sunday night.

In Lebanon, a monastery brings together Christians scattered by war

06 Aug 2019

QOZHAYA, Lebanon The last time Samuel Botros stepped into the Lebanese monastery of Saint Anthony of Qozhaya was in 1978. He was 24, newly married, and the country was in the grip of an all-out war. Like many of his generation, he left. It took him 41 years to return.

As waters warm, lionfish invasion strains Lebanon's seas

14 Jul 2019

SARAFAND, Lebanon Lebanese fisherman Hassan Younes has been diving the same waters off his coastal hometown for three decades but has never seen anything like this year as native species disappear and invasive lionfish take their place. | Video

Anger and apprehension haunt ruined Sinjar, years after Islamic State ousted

26 Feb 2019

SINJAR, Iraq It's dawn in Sinjar and the only sounds are the footsteps of guards patrolling a golden-domed shrine on a hill overlooking a vista of collapsed rooftops.

For Yazidi survivors of Islamic State killings, the nightmares go on

19 Feb 2019

SINJAR, Iraq Ever since Islamic State visited death and destruction on their villages in northern Iraq nearly five years ago, Yazidis Daoud Ibrahim and Kocher Hassan have had trouble sleeping. | Video

In Mosul exhibition, Iraqi artists process brutal rule of Islamic State

03 Feb 2019

MOSUL, IraqA raven perched on the shoulder of a woman with flaming hair is Iraqi artist Marwan Fathi's symbol for the terrible events he and his home city Mosul have had to endure.

At Baghdad workshop, the search for Iraq's looted artifacts gets serious

28 Jan 2019

BAGHDAD Before Islamic State militants were dislodged from Iraq in 2017, they stole thousands of ancient artifacts. Most are still missing, and an international team of archaeologists is turning detective to recover as many as possible.

Rival Libya leaders meet for first time since May, PM OKs 2019 vote

13 Nov 2018

PALERMO, Italy Libya's two main rival leaders met for the first time in more than five months at a conference hosted by Italy on Tuesday and the prime minister endorsed a United Nations plan for an election next year.

Exclusive: U.N. envoy wants Libya election by June after Libyans decide format

12 Nov 2018

PALERMO, Italy The U.N. envoy for Libya hopes another attempt to hold an election will take place by June after he scrapped a December plan, but said Libyans should first use a national conference in early 2019 to decide on the poll's format.

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