Lebanon is a Middle Eastern country with a long and rich history that borders on the Mediterranean Sea, Syria and Israel. Its capital and largest city is Beirut.
Lebanon is situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean basin and the Arabian hinterland, a position that has made it a country of great historical importance. Its 1975-1990 civil war considerably damaged its previous prosperity. Since then, there have been major efforts to rebuild infrastructure. This page collates all DW content on Lebanon.
The court ruling comes more than 35 years after President-elect Bashir Gemayel was killed by a massive bomb blast. Bashir, a Christian, had the backing of Israel and was battling Palestinian and Muslim factions.
According to Israel's military, it struck the Syrian anti-aircraft battery after an Israeli aircraft was targeted over Lebanon. Israel has carried out dozens of attacks on suspected arms shipments to Hezbollah.
The Lebanese army has announced a pause in fighting on the Syria-Lebanon border to allow negotiations over its soldiers held by "Islamic State" (IS). Syrian forces are also battling IS in the area with Hezbollah's help.
Beirut in Lebanon is a cultural hub in the Middle East, though nothing much happens outside the capital. But that could be about to change: a young actor based in the south of the country has decided to transform old abandoned cinemas into cultural hubs, where young people can study drama and watch films for free.
About 1.5 million Syrian refugees, including half a million children, have ended up in neighboring Lebanon. While the state grapples with how to provide education and social welfare to these displaced kids, a troupe of local clowns are doing their bit by providing a little comic relief.