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In 1984, in the midst of Lebanon's civil war, Naji Gebran started hosting regular gatherings at his Beirut beachfront apartment for the purpose of "musical therapy."

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Hopes dim for Syria pullout as bloodshed crosses bordersupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 18:04:00

One day shy of a deadline for Syria to pull its forces from cities across the country, the violence instead seemed to be spreading -- even reaching across two borders, into Turkey and Lebanon.

This month on Inside the Middle Eastupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 06:16:00

For centuries, Bedouins of the Middle East survived a nomadic lifestyle in unforgiving deserts by relying on animals. From camels to desert falcons, animals provided food, transportation, and even companionship in the harsh, isolated land. Today, sports utility vehicles have largely replaced the hump-backed 'ships of the desert' throughout the Middle East. But animals still play a vital role in daily life and the culture of the region.

Film director shares sights and sounds of Beirut's 'Little Armenia'updated: Mon Feb 06 2012 06:01:00

Film director Nigol Bezjian was born in Syria, raised in Lebanon and studied in the United States, but nowhere does he feel more at home than in Little Armenia.

25 dead in Beirut building collapseupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 15:26:00

At least 25 people are dead after a six-story building collapsed in Beirut, the country's news agency reported Monday.

Beirut building collapse kills dozensupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 15:26:00

At least 25 people are dead after a six-story building collapses in Beirut.

Bomb wounds French peacekeepers in Lebanonupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 10:17:00

A bomb went off near a U.N. patrol vehicle in southern Lebanon Friday, wounding five French U.N. troops in the latest attack on peacekeepers in the region this year.

Career break travel mythsupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 08:22:00

Here's what you need to do: take a break from your career and travel the world for an extended period of time. How does that sound?

Lebanon Tribunal releases previously secret details in Hariri killingupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 22:21:00

The special court trying to bring the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to justice published Wednesday previously secret details of the case against four men it has charged.

2 dead in Beirut blastupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 12:55:00

An explosion Thursday in Antelias, a predominately Christian suburb in Beirut, killed at least two people, the head of public affairs for the Lebanese internal security forces told CNN.

Lebanese open homes to 'Arab brothers' fleeing Syriaupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 09:26:00

Mahmoud Orabi fled his hometown in southern Syria to cross the border into neighboring Lebanon wearing only his pajamas.

Clashes at Israel - Lebanon checkpointupdated: Mon May 16 2011 14:54:00

CNN's Kevin Flower reports on clashes between Israeli security forces and palestinian protesters at a border checkpoint.

Deadly clashes mark Israel's founding, Arab 'catastrophe'updated: Mon May 16 2011 14:54:00

Clashes between pro-Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces erupted along Israel's borders and occupied territories Sunday, leaving at least 12 dead on a Palestinian mourning day marking the birth of the Jewish state.

Lebanon tribunal submits indictment in former PM's assassinationupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 22:11:00

Nearly six years after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a prosecutor has submitted the long-awaited results of an international investigation to a judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the tribunal said Monday.

Lebanese brace for another crisisupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 22:11:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports conflict-weary Lebanese have a simple request from their leaders: stability and peace.

Booming Beirut struggles to save its pastupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 06:09:00

Beirut has long been proud of its reputation for beautiful people, nightlife and beaches but, as the city re-emerges as a cosmopolitan capital, the furor that has erupted over its architecture is distinctly ugly.

Lebanese golf club's dark secretupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 14:56:00

CNN's James Montague travels to Lebanon where controversy surrounds a newly rebuilt golf course.

Lebanon Golf Club: From war to recoveryupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 14:56:00

The southern, dirt-poor Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh holds many secrets. After all, this is Hezbollah's stronghold, the powerbase of the militant Shia Muslim organization that has dominated Lebanese politics in recent years.

Fighting for animal rightsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 01:49:00

Lebanon has become a hub for the trade in endangered species, but moves are being made to protect the animals.

Iran's president makes 1st state visit to Lebanonupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 12:04:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Beirut for his first state visit to Lebanon Wednesday.

Reclusive Hezbollah leader praises Ahmadinejad ahead of Lebanon visitupdated: Sat Oct 09 2010 18:29:00

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah praised Saturday the upcoming visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Lebanon, his first trip to the country since taking office in 2005.

Preserving a culture through photosupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 05:39:00

CNN?s Rima Maktabi reports on a foundation fighting to preserve Middle Eastern cultural history by salvaging photos.

Lebanon weapons facility rocked by blastsupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 06:30:00

A string of explosions in a weapons storage facility rattled the village of Shehabiyeh in southern Lebanon and started a fire, Lebanon's official news agency reported.

Congressman suspends US aid to Lebanese armyupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 01:30:00

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Monday he put a hold on a $100 million U.S. military package for Lebanon's army out of increased concern American-supplied weapons could threaten Israel.

Q and A with Anthony Bourdain, back in Beirutupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 21:01:00

Nicole Dow: During your first visit to Beirut in 2006, the war between Hezbollah and Israel started. It's now been four years. How did you find Beirut on this second trip?

Beirut festival puts young writers on the world mapupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 06:27:00

A literary festival in Beirut has showcased some of what it says is the most exciting new writing in the Arab world, and aims to introduce its writers to a global audience.

My Beirut with Zuhair Muradupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 05:20:00

Internationally renowned fashion designer Zuhair Murad takes Inside the Middle East on a tour of his home city.

Lebanese designer-to-the-stars Zuhair Murad finds magic in Beirutupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 05:20:00

When Hollywood's A-list need to strut the red carpet in style they call Zuhair Murad.

Bodies found from Ethiopian Airlines crashupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 02:48:00

British, French and Cypriot aircraft and a U.S. warship joined rescue crews searching the Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon's coast Monday, where an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed with 90 people aboard.

Young Lebanon bomb victim faces uncertain futureupdated: Fri May 15 2009 04:18:00

Muhammad Hajj Moussa was only 11 years old when he lost both his legs. It is not at all easy for the teenager to speak about "that day," when his life was plunged into despair. He does so haltingly, in very short sentences, before ending in silent tears.

Clinton calls for 'open and fair' Lebanon electionsupdated: Sun Apr 26 2009 10:00:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Lebanon on Sunday to pledge U.S. support for the country and its push for free elections.

Lebanon's blues connectionupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 00:57:00

A renowned blues guitarist hails from a country not usually associated with the musical genre. CNN's Brent Sadler reports.

Time.com: US Embassy: 2 Americans Missing in Lebanonupdated: Wed Oct 08 2008 12:55:00

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon says two Americans are missing in Lebanon and is appealing for information on their whereabouts

Time.com: Lebanon Wants Unity After Bombingupdated: Thu Sep 11 2008 17:00:00

Lebanese leaders urged for calm on Thursday after the country's first political assassination in months threatened efforts to reconcile its divided factions

Time.com: Syria, Lebanon Establish Peace Ties updated: Wed Aug 13 2008 19:00:00

Syria and Lebanon agreed Wednesday to establish full diplomatic relations for the first time, taking a step toward healing tensions that have fueled decades of turmoil in Lebanon

Time.com: Bomb in Lebanon Rips Through Bus updated: Wed Aug 13 2008 06:05:00

A bomb ripped through a bus carrying civilians and members of the military during morning rush hour in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli

Lebanon hails militants freed in prisoner swapupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 01:26:00

Five Lebanese militants, including a convicted murderer, received heroes' welcomes Wednesday as they returned to Beirut from Israel as part of a prisoner swap.

Lebanon announces unity governmentupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 14:53:00

The Lebanese government announced Friday it has reached a unity Cabinet aimed at stabilizing the country torn by internal strife.

Lebanon's new presidentupdated: Wed May 28 2008 13:01:00

The head of the Lebanon?s army becomes president on Sunday. CNN's Cal Perry looks at the challenges he faces.

Lebanon-Hezbollah dealupdated: Wed May 21 2008 20:36:00

Lebanon's government and Hezbollah-led opposition reach a deal to end a political crisis.

Time.com: A Cell Phone Civil War in Lebanon updated: Wed May 07 2008 17:00:00

Violence erupts in Beirut after the government moves to close down Hizballah's phone network

Time.com: No Way Out of Lebanon's Deadlock updated: Tue Apr 22 2008 14:00:00

Some Lebanese joke that the U.S. will have a new President before they do. Others simply get on with plans to emigrate

U.S. Navy ships move closer to Lebanonupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 20:42:00

The U.S. Navy has moved the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole and other ships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

Time.com: US Sends Ships to Mediterraneanupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 19:00:00

The U.S. Navy is sending three ships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea in a show of strength during a period of tensions with Syria and political uncertainty in Lebanon

Time.com: Was Al-Qaeda Behind Beirut Bombing?updated: Fri Jan 25 2008 11:00:00

The murder of a top Lebanese anti-terror investigator raises fears of heightened activity by al-Qaeda-related groups

Rockets fired into Israel from Lebanonupdated: Tue Jan 08 2008 03:45:00

Two Katyusha rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon on Monday night, an Israeli police spokesman said.

Time.com: A New Player in the Middle Eastupdated: Sun Dec 02 2007 12:00:00

Lebanon's pro-Western and pro-Syrian alliances have settled on a compromise presidential candidate, Gen. Michel Suleiman. Can he help broker peace?

Time.com: An Ominous Attack in Lebanonupdated: Tue Jun 26 2007 12:45:00

Peacekeeping forces are hit and al-Qaeda allies are likely suspects. Will the border with Israel flare with warfare again?

Chirac drives Lebanon aid effortupdated: Thu Jan 25 2007 06:50:00

French President Jacques Chirac kicked off an international donor conference aimed at raising billions in aid for battle-torn Lebanon by offering the government a 500 million euros ($650 million dollars) loan at "advantageous terms."

Lebanon: A bumpy road aheadupdated: Wed Nov 29 2006 08:05:00

In the TV news business, if a story breaks, you better be ready to turn on a dime, pack your bags and head to the nearest airport.

Lebanon PM in desperate aid pleaupdated: Thu Aug 31 2006 02:04:00

Lebanon's prime minister has painted a picture of depleted resources, lost revenue, death and destruction during a speech given to potential donors in Stockholm.

Israel says it will leave Lebanon in 10 daysupdated: Tue Aug 15 2006 02:36:00

The Israel Defense Forces will complete their pullout from southern Lebanon within 10 days, giving way to U.N. and Lebanese troops, Israel's army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, said Tuesday.

U.N.: Cease-fire begins Mondayupdated: Sat Aug 12 2006 00:48:00

The U.N.-brokered cease-fire between Hezbollah and Israel will begin at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. ET) Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Saturday in a taped statement.

The draft resolution presented at the U.N.updated: Fri Aug 11 2006 16:38:00

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Security Council passes proposal to end Mideast conflictupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 03:35:00

The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a six-page proposal aimed at ending the monthlong conflict between Israel and Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon.

Troops, tanks storm into southern Lebanonupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 02:15:00

Israel lobbed artillery rounds into southern Lebanon late Wednesday as troops backed by tanks and armored vehicles moved across the border.

Arab League takes Lebanon concerns to U.N. councilupdated: Tue Aug 08 2006 01:53:00

An Arab League delegation urged the United Nations on Tuesday to pass a resolution that would require an immediate Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, diplomats said.

Security Council considers U.S., French truce planupdated: Sat Aug 05 2006 00:02:00

The U.N. Security Council met for several hours Saturday with no word on the fate of a draft resolution to halt the 25-day war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Mideast talks fail to reach cease-fire agreementupdated: Wed Jul 26 2006 06:28:00

Talks between key Middle East players in Rome on a plan for ending the 15-day-old conflict in Lebanon Wednesday failed to reach agreement on an immediate cease-fire.

Q&A: Rome conference on Lebanonupdated: Wed Jul 26 2006 05:08:00

Leaders and representatives of countries around the world are meeting in Rome to discuss how to bring an end to the conflict in Lebanon and ease the humanitarian crisis. Pressure is on to achieve a swift cease-fire, but disagreements are expected as the U.S. pushes for a longer term solution to conflict in the Middle East.

U.S. delivers medical aid to Beirutupdated: Tue Jul 25 2006 07:26:00

The U.S. government Tuesday turned over its first shipment of aid for Lebanon to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Kidnapped soldier's kin: Stop the killingupdated: Thu Jul 20 2006 22:35:00

Relatives of the two Israeli soldiers kidnapped last week by Hezbollah guerrillas pleaded with their captors to keep them safe, and to offer a sign that they are still alive.

Dobbs: Not so smart when it comes to the Middle Eastupdated: Tue Jul 18 2006 18:41:00

We Americans like to think we're a pretty smart people, even when evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. And nowhere is that evidence more overwhelming than in the Middle East. History in the Middle East is everything, and we Americans seem to learn nothing from it.

U.N.: Lebanon should help restore peace updated: Mon Jul 17 2006 10:59:00

Lebanon's government should play a role to bring peace to the nation which has been crippled by violence between Israel and Hezbollah, said the chief of a United Nations delegation in Beirut on Monday.

Overnight attacks hit Israel, Lebanonupdated: Mon Jul 17 2006 00:36:00

Loud explosions echoed across the southern suburbs of Beirut early Tuesday, indicating another Israeli airstrike a short time after a volley of Hezbollah rockets rained across northern Israel.

U.S. diplomatic options limited in Israel-Lebanon conflictupdated: Sat Jul 15 2006 20:15:00

In times of crisis in the Middle East, the world often has looked to the United States for leadership. But this time the Bush administration has largely stayed on the sidelines.

Little progress in cooling Israel-Lebanon conflictupdated: Fri Jul 14 2006 18:28:00

Diplomacy sputtered Friday in the Israel-Lebanon conflict, as President Bush was forced to walk a political tightrope, Iran lobbed threats and insults at Israel, and Lebanon pleaded for international intervention to no avail.

CNNMoney: Oil: Looking at $100updated: Fri Jul 14 2006 12:21:00

As bombs fall in Beirut, pipelines explode in Nigeria and Iran shakes its fist at the West, energy traders and motorists alike are wondering one thing: How high can oil prices go?

World leaders urge end to violenceupdated: Fri Jul 14 2006 08:18:00

Pleas for restraint on all sides of the latest Middle East violence have been expressed by governments around the world as tension continues to escalate in the region.

Bush: Impact of Lebanon attacks a concernupdated: Thu Jul 13 2006 10:04:00

Addressing the escalation of hostilities in the Mideast, President Bush on Thursday warned that Israel should take care not to "weaken" Lebanon's government and also stressed that Syria "needs to be held to account."

Israeli warplanes hit Beirut suburbupdated: Thu Jul 13 2006 00:05:00

Israeli warplanes early Friday bombed southern Beirut, home to the offices of Hezbollah and the group's leader, as the Israeli-Lebanese violence that has killed dozens of Lebanese civilians and 10 Israelis entered its third day.

Israel authorizes 'severe' response to abductionsupdated: Wed Jul 12 2006 04:05:00

The Israeli Cabinet authorized "severe and harsh" retaliation on Lebanon after Hezbollah guerillas kidnapped two soldiers and killed three others in a cross-border raid Wednesday.

Israel accepts cease-fire request from Lebanon updated: Sun May 28 2006 07:37:00

Israel on Sunday accepted a cease-fire request from Lebanon, submitted through the United Nations, according to Maj. Gen. Udi Ada, who heads Israel's Northern Command.

Fortune: Beirut bombshellupdated: Thu May 11 2006 12:00:00

Last year, when Syrian intelligence operatives were implicated in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, their motive seemed clear: to neutralize a political opponent of ...

Fortune: Beirut bombshellupdated: Thu May 04 2006 11:30:00

Last year, when Syrian intelligence operatives were implicated in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, their motive seemed clear: to neutralize a political opponent of Syria's three-decade occupation of Lebanon.

Beirut Forumupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 06:55:00

The Scene spent the day in Beirut with fashion designer Elie Saab. Do you have a favorite hangout in the Lebanese capital? Send us your suggestions and ideas and read your comments below.

Israeli family wounded in rocket attackupdated: Fri Feb 03 2006 11:58:00

Palestinian militants fired two rockets on Israeli targets Friday, one of them striking the home of a family of four and injuring them, according to the Israeli military.

Lebanon security chief steps asideupdated: Fri Apr 22 2005 06:44:00

Under pressure from the United Nations and opposition politicians, Lebanon's security chief said he was putting his fate in the hands of Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

New Lebanon PM forms governmentupdated: Tue Apr 19 2005 05:23:00

Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said Tuesday he had formed a new government.

New Lebanese premier vows transparencyupdated: Fri Apr 15 2005 17:46:00

Pro-Syrian Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has named former government minister Najib Mikati as prime minister-designate.

Syria sets deadline for Lebanon pulloutupdated: Sun Apr 03 2005 07:14:00

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has committed to a complete withdrawal of Syrian troops and intelligence services from Lebanon by April 30, according to U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen.

Pro-Syria rally set for Beirutupdated: Tue Mar 08 2005 02:34:00

Tens of thousands of pro-Syrian protesters are expected to crowd central Beirut one day after Damascus began pulling troops back to eastern Lebanon.

When history turns a cornerupdated: Mon Mar 07 2005 13:23:00

People power is changing the face of the Middle East, but the democracy deal isn't sealed--yet

Syria, Lebanon agree army pullbackupdated: Mon Mar 07 2005 02:20:00

The leaders of Syria and Lebanon have announced the pullback of Syrian troops to Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley by the end of March.

Lebanese, Syrian leaders to discuss pullbackupdated: Sun Mar 06 2005 03:10:00

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and Syrian leader Bashar Assad will meet Monday in Damascus to discuss details of a pullback of Syrian troops in Lebanon, Lebanese and Syrian government officials said Sunday.

U.S. criticizes Syria's plan for troops in Lebanonupdated: Sat Mar 05 2005 01:07:00

The United States has criticized Syria's announcement that it will withdraw its forces in Lebanon in a two-step process, saying the troops "must withdraw completely and immediately."

Syria 'announcing troop pullback'updated: Fri Mar 04 2005 05:10:00

Syrian President Bashar Assad, facing increasing international pressure, is expected to announce a pullback of Syrian troops to eastern Lebanon, Beirut political sources have said.

Lebanon's pro-Syrian PM resignsupdated: Mon Feb 28 2005 03:26:00

The Lebanese government abruptly resigned Monday during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a tremendous roar from tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in central Beirut.

Sadler: Worst scenes since civil warupdated: Mon Feb 14 2005 06:35:00

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been killed in a huge explosion in Beirut, with several others killed as a result of the blast, with several more injured.

2 dead in Israel-Lebanon border fightupdated: Sun Jan 09 2005 12:11:00

An Israeli army officer and a United Nations peacekeeper were killed Sunday when a gunfight erupted between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah militants in the disputed Shebaa Farms region along the Israel-Lebanon border, Israel Defense Forces said.

Israel, Hezbollah battle across Lebanese borderupdated: Fri May 07 2004 01:17:00

Cross-border fighting broke out early Friday between Israeli forces and the Hezbollah militia in the disputed Shebaa Farms region along the border with Lebanon, the Israel Defense Forces and Hezbollah said.

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