Middle East political rivalries stoke dangerous sectarianism

Across the Middle East, fierce rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran is heightening sectarian tensions, even in conflicts that analysts say are primarily political.

Pro-Iran Hezbollah condemns Saudi `aggression` in Yemen

Lebanon`s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement called on Saudi Arabia Thursday to "immediately stop the aggression" after the kingdom launched air strikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen.

Saudi-led action in Yemen is "blatant aggression": Syrian media

 The Syrian state news agency said a Saudi-led military operation launched in Yemen on Thursday was an act of "blatant aggression".

Barack Obama ignores Iran expansion to get deal: Republicans

Republicans hammering the Obama administration about nuclear talks with Iran have stepped up their criticism on a second front: accusing President Barack Obama of being so keen to strike a deal that he's ignored Iranian moves to expand its influence across the Middle East.

Beirut says UAE to expel 70 mostly Shi'ite Lebanese

The United Arab Emirates will expel 70 Lebanese nationals, mostly Shi'ite Muslims, within the next 24 hours, Lebanese officials said on Friday.

Hezbollah has `presence` in Iraq fighting: Nasrallah

Lebanon`s Shiite movement Hezbollah is involved in fighting in Iraq, its chief Hassan Nasrallah revealed for the first time Monday in a speech beamed to supporters in southern Beirut.

Scores dead in intensified fighting in southern Syria: Monitor

Intense clashes in southern Syria have killed scores of pro-government and insurgent fighters in the past week, a group monitoring Syria`s war said on Sunday, forecasting even fiercer violence as the weather clears.

Former PM Hariri in Lebanon for anniversary of father's assassination: Report

Lebanon`s former prime minister Saad al-Hariri arrived back in the country overnight on a rare visit and will make a speech on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of his father Rafik`s assassination, Lebanese media said.

Syria troops shell southern villages: Monitor

Regime troops shelled rebel-held villages in southern Syria, as a snowstorm slowed an advance led by Lebanon's Hezbollah near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a monitor said.

Hezbollah in Syria fighting close to Israeli lines: Monitor

 Lebanon`s Hezbollah and Syrian regime forces have advanced to the edge of Israeli-held territory as part of a joint offensive against rebels in southern Syria, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Hezbollah takes lead on south Syria frontline: Monitor

Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah has taken the lead role on a key frontline in southern Syria near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

Syrian government launches offensive against rebels in south

Syria`s army gained ground from rebels in the south on Tuesday in what a monitoring group described as a large-scale offensive in the region backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters against insurgents including al Qaeda`s Syrian wing.

CIA, Israel plotted senior Hezbollah commander`s killing: Report

The CIA and Israel`s spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Hezbollah says doesn't want war with Israel but not afraid of one

The leader of Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one and had the right to respond to Israeli "aggression" in any time and place.

Israel gets message of restraint from Hezbollah

Israel`s Defence Minister Moshe Ya`alon Thursday said he received a message of restraint from the Lebanese Shia militant organisation Hezbollah through the UN, a day after a deadly attack claimed the lives of two Israeli soldiers.

Israel buries soldiers, says Hezbollah doesn't want conflict

Israel was on Thursday to bury two soldiers killed in a Hezbollah missile strike that triggered Israeli fire on southern Lebanon, raising tensions between the bitter enemies to their highest in years.

Israel says Hezbollah not interested in escalating violence

Israel said on Thursday it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border.

Lebanon flays Israeli military escalation at border

Lebanon on Wednesday condemned Israeli military escalation at the border, while stressing that it was committed to the resolution of the UN Security Council (UNSC), according to a Xinhua report.

Hezbollah will pay `full price` for deadly attack: Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon`s Hezbollah it will pay the "full price" after missiles killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday in an attack that raised fears of another all-out war.

Israel tells UN it will defend itself against Hezbollah

Israel told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that it will exercise its right to self-defense after a Hezbollah missile attack killed two Israeli soldiers.