Protesters against the Syrian government demonstrate outside the UN building in Geneva as international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi holds talks today with a Syrian government delegation led by Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Syrian government and its opponents will hold their first joint meeting tomorrow to launch peace talks aimed at resolving nearly three years of ci(...)

Undated handout  made available by Hizbullah’s media office of Hassan al-Laqqis, a senior commander with the Lebanese Shia militant group, who was reported killed overnight outside his home in Beirut. Photograph: EPA

Lebanon’s Shia militant Hizbullah group has said one of its commanders was killed outside his Beirut home in an overnight attack which it blamed on (...)

Violent sectarian spillover from the Syrian conflict reached across southern Lebanon today, with armed clashes by rival groups of Sunni and Shia milit(...)

Lebanese soldiers and Hizbullah supporters are seen gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut . Photograph: Reuters

A Lebanese protester was killed outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut today after gunmen from the Iranian-backed Shia militia Hizbullah opened fire wh(...)

Smoke rises as a fire burns near the Kuneitra border crossing, as seen from the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Syrian troops have amid heavy fighting retaken a UN-manned crossing between the country and Iraeli-occupied territory that the rebels had taken earlie(...)

A file photograph of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter who will spend most of this week visiting Israel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter has praised Ireland ’s contribution to peacekeeping efforts in south Lebanon. Mr(...)