Jumblat: Adopting Proportional Representation in Electoral Law Will Reproduce Period of Hegemony

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat questioned on Monday the insistence to adopt proportional representation in the parliamentary electoral law

More than 20 Killed in Blasts in Syria's Idlib

More than 20 people were killed on Monday in blasts targeting security buildings in the city of Idlib, northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said

U.N. Urges Respect for Syria Truce as Observers Visit Homs Neighborhood

U.N. observers said on Sunday that it was "extremely important" that all sides respect a promised ceasefire in Syria as a veteran peacekeeper flew in to take command

Suleiman Hails Army as Questions Rise over UNIFIL’s Failure to Intercept Ship Smuggling Arms to Syria

President Michel Suleiman hailed on Saturday the interception of a ship suspected of delivering weapons to Syria as the Lebanese army issued a statement confirming the incident

Feltman in Lebanon Next Week

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffery Feltman is expected to arrive in Lebanon next week where he is scheduled to hold talks with a number of officials

Blasts Shake Damascus’ Maidan Neighborhood and Industrial Zone, 9 Killed

A suicide bomb attack in the central Damascus district of Maidan killed at least nine people and wounded another 20 on Friday, Syrian state television reported, blaming "terrorists”

Syrian Opposition Calls for Emergency U.N. Meeting

Syria's main opposition group on Thursday called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting as it accused regime forces of killing more than 100 people in the central city of Hama in recent days

Suleiman Adamant not to Sign $5.9 billion Spending Bill

President Michel Suleiman reiterated on Thursday that he rejects to sign any decree that contains “legal and constitutional violations,” shrugging off demands by the March 8 forces to approve the $5.9 billion extra-budgetary spending of 2011

Regime Commits Massacres in Hama and Idlib

The regime committed a new massacre in the Arbaeen neighbourhood of Hama as forces field-executed 11 civilians only one day after the visit by UNSC observers. According to residents

France Final Results: Hollande 28.63%, Sarkozy 27.18%, Le Pen 17.90%

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy hunted far-right votes Monday after losing to Socialist Francois Hollande in a first round vote that saw a shock breakthrough by the anti-immigrant National Front

Syrian Rebels Hail U.N. Vote, Say Committed to Ceasefire

The rebel Free Syrian Army hailed the United Nations Security Council vote on Saturday to send 300 observers to monitor a ceasefire in Syria and said it was committed to the truce

UN council approves up to 300 Syria observers

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to adopt a resolution authorising an initial deployment of up to 300 unarmed military observers in Syria for three months to monitor the country's fragile week-old ceasefire

Blast Rocks Mazzeh Military Airport in Damascus

"A loud explosion was heard at the Mazzeh military airport in Damascus," the Britain-based monitoring group said. It provided no further details

Regime Forces Punish Residents of Jobar for Talking to the Observers

The Observers mission reached the city of Homs today on the second day of their deployment. The Observers visited the neighbourhood of Jobar and interviewed residents

U.N. Observes Admit Tough Task as Syria Death Toll Mounts

U.N. observers acknowledged on Tuesday that they face a tough task to firm up a ceasefire in Syria, as more civilians were killed in the latest violence on the sixth day of a tenuous truce

Sleiman: No stability without internal social justice

President Michel Sleiman voiced hope on Tuesday that the current changes sweeping the Arab states would lead to a peaceful transition that meets the aspirations of the region’s people in terms of democracy

Assad Forces Do Not Spare Churches From Shelling

Violations of the ceasefire continued as regime forces killed at least 55 today; 26 fell as a result of the shelling of Saraqeb, in the province of Idlib, and 8 detainees in the city of Idlib

Suleiman from Australia: Lebanon Won't Be Launch Pad for Attack on Syria

President Michel Suleiman on Monday stressed that “Lebanon is not an arena for settling scores or conflict, but rather an arena for the rapprochement of all Arab brothers

Suleiman Arrives in Australia, Derides Calls Asking Him to Sign L.L.8,900 Decree

President Michel Suleiman on Sunday wondered whether the president of the republic was “supposed to practice his powers by signing a decree

UN unanimously votes for Syria observer force

 The UN Security Council has unanimously voted for a resolution to approve international ceasefire monitors going to Syria