Beirut was once a tourist hotspot: Tourists from across the Middle East met and mingled in its nightclubs. But the war in Syria has tourists staying away this summer. Many fear the conflict there could ignite neighboring Lebanon.
Israel has struck what it referred to as Iranian targets inside Syria in "large-scale" raids. The operations come after an Israeli warplane crashed under fire from Syrian air defenses.
After Lebanon's cabinet reaffirmed an official policy of remaining neutral in regional conflicts, Saad Hariri has withdrawn his resignation. He is expected to attend talks in Paris with US and French diplomats.
Turkish authorities will not allow New Year celebrations at Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square for security reasons, state media reported Wednesday, quoting local officials.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced on a Paris visit that he will soon travel back to his country. Hariri's recent resignation is seen as the latest fallout of the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
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