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Lebanon slams ‘plot’ to embroil country in war

BEIRUT: The Lebanese army warned yesterday that a plot was afoot to embroil the country in the 26-month conflict in neighbouring Syria, as deadly clashes between Damascus supporters and opponents…

Turkey tourism takes a hit – Hotel reservations down, but visitors shrug off unrest

ISTANBUL: Hotel reservations may be down after a week of violent mass protests in Turkey, but plucky tourists on the ground have taken the unrest in their stride. “There was…

Qaeda urges Syrians to unite against Assad, US – Zawahri criticizes Iranian support for Assad

ABU DHABI: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar Al-Assad and thwart what he said were US plans to set up a client state…

Threat of beer-free nights fuels Turkey protests

ISTANBUL: In his Istanbul liquor store, shopkeeper Menderes Yildirim is worriednot so much about the recent nights of riots and tear gas, but about the stacks of beer in his…

Syria recaptures Golan crossing – Austria to quit Golan, in blow to UN

QUNEITRA CROSSING: Syria’s army recaptured the only Golan Heights crossing on the ceasefire line with Israel yesterday, in another setback for rebels a day after they were blasted out of…

New Saudi death from MERS virus

RIYADH: The Saudi health ministry yesterday announced the death of one of its citizens in the eastern region of Al-Ahsaa after he contracted MERS, a SARS-like virus. The ministry website…

Gulf states issue travel warning for Lebanon – Top Saudi cleric endorses anti-Hezb stance

RIYADH: Gulf Arab states have advised citizens not to travel to Lebanon, a popular summer tourist destination that is becoming increasingly engulfed in neighbouring Syria’s civil war, official Saudi news…

14 Iraq border policemen killed at fake checkpoint – Iraq marks Shiite ritual as unrest surges

FALLUJAH, Iraq: Militants set up a fake checkpoint in western Iraq and ambushed a convoy of 14 border policemen yesterday, killing all of them and setting fire to the bodies…

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