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.
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.
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`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.
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 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.