Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)

Scientific investigators, part of the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, inspect the site near an explosion as Lebanese army soldiers watch near the Lebanese-Israeli border in the village of Labbouneh, southern Lebanon, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Lebanon says it will file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council after four Israeli soldiers were injured in a mine explosion within Leb(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd R), escorted by his bodyguards, greets his supporters at an anti-US protest in Beirut’s southern suburbs, in September. Photograph: Sharif Karim/Reuters.

The European Union has agreed to put the armed wing of Hizbullah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant grou(...)

Civilians and forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad celebrate in Qusayr after the forces took control of the town from rebel fighters. Photograph:  Rami Bleibel/Reuters

Syrian troops backed up by tanks and armoured vehicles yesterday recaptured the Quneitra crossing-point on the ceasefire line between Syria and the(...)