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Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah attacked Egypt jails

Prosecution witnesses in the jailbreak trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday accused members of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah of attacking Egyptian prisons during the 2011 uprising. The trial, one of three against Morsi, is part of a government crackdown that has targeted him and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since his ouster by the army in July.

No victor in Lebanon first-round presidential vote

Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president on Wednesday, with no candidate securing the two-thirds of the votes needed to win and many lawmakers leaving their ballots blank. With the parliament divided between two powerful blocs, one centred around the Hezbollah movement and the other opposed to it, the outcome had been expected. The parliament will now hold a second vote on April 30, in which the winning candidate will need only a simple majority of 65 votes.

No victor in Lebanon first-round presidential vote

Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president on Wednesday, with no candidate securing the two-thirds of the vote needed to win and many lawmakers leaving their ballots blank. With the parliament divided between two powerful blocs, one centred around the Hezbollah movement and the other opposed to it, the outcome had been expected. The parliament will now hold a second vote on April 30, in which the winning candidate will only need a simple majority of 65 votes.

No victor in Lebanon first-round presidential vote

Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president on Wednesday, with no candidate securing the two-thirds of the vote needed to win and many lawmakers leaving their ballots blank. With the parliament divided between two powerful blocs, one centred around the Hezbollah movement and the other opposed to it, the outcome had been expected. The parliament will now hold a second vote on April 30, in which the winning candidate will only need a simple majority of 65 votes.

Car bomb kills three soldiers in attack on Lebanese army checkpoint

A suicide bomber killed himself and three soldiers when he detonated a car bomb at a Lebanese army checkpoint in the border town of Arsal on Saturday, Lebanese security sources said. Arsal is home to thousands of Syrian refugees but also Syrian rebels and their Lebanese allies who have fled a Syrian army advance on the Syrian side of the border. Three other soldiers were wounded, the sources said.

Suspect in Lebanon car bombings killed in shootout

A "dangerous terrorist" wanted in connection with car bomb attacks against the powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah was killed Thursday in a shootout as security forces tried to arrest him, the army said. Army intelligence had tracked Sami al-Atrash to a hideout in the town of Arsal near the Syrian border and closed in on him Thursday afternoon, a statement said. "Atrash opened fire on an army patrol as it conducted its search, (soldiers) fired back and he subsequently died of his wounds," a statement said.

Lebanon parliament okays cabinet, ending long vacuum

Lebanon's parliament approved on Thursday a new government after lengthy negotiations over the military role of the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, a parliamentary source said. In a 96-4 vote with one abstention, MPs gave the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Tamam Salam their stamp of approval after two days of debate. The cabinet includes members of the bloc led by the Hezbollah and their Sunni-led rivals, the March 14 coalition.

Rockets launched from Syria hit eastern Lebanon

Four rockets launched from Syria hit the Hezbollah-dominated Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon on Monday, wounding one person, the Lebanese army said. Hezbollah, a powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, has come under repeated attack by Sunni extremists incensed over its intervention in Syria on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which is battling a Sunni-led rebellion.

Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border

Syrian regime forces were Monday readying an assault on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning key opposition bastion Yabrud. The capture on Sunday of Yabrud by Syrian troops and fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah marked a significant setback for the rebels as it severs their supply lines from across the Lebanese border. "The army will under the battle plan launch operations in all areas where terrorists are to be found," said a security source in Damascus, using the regime's term for rebels.

2 dead in Lebanon car bombing: revised toll

The suicide car bomb attack in a Hezbollah-dominated area of eastern Lebanon, near the Syrian border, left two people dead, according to a new toll released Monday. A security source said the Lebanese army detected and detonated another car bomb in the Fakiha area, five kilometres (three miles) from Al-Nabi Othman village, the scene of Sunday's attack. According to the official National News Agency, Sunday's blast killed two people and wounded another 14.
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