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Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri shaking hands with French president Emmanuel Macron back in September 2017, before claims about his detainment in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

France said on Wednesday that Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri, who Lebanon’s president says is being held hostage by Saudi Arabia, will visit F(...)

Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, giving a press conference in Paris on Tuesday. He said prime minister Saad Hariri needed to return to Lebanon to prove he was free. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Saad Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia within two days, he said on Tuesday, 10 days after his shock resignation as prime minister in a b(...)

Patrons of a coffee shop in Beirut watch the television interview on Sunday with prime minister Saad Hariri, which took place in Saudi Arabia. Speculation is rampant that he is being held hostage there. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Sunday evening interview with Lebanon’s prime minister was meant to put to rest the rampant speculation that he was being held hostage in Saudi Ar(...)

Lebanon’s prime minister Saad al-Hariri is seen at the governmental palace in Beirut, Lebanon on October 24th. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Lebanon’s prime minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday, citing an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezboll(...)

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Opening the Oxford and Cambridge English bookshop in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015 as the war in that country raged on was a risky business venture (...)

Eric McDowell: he joined the Bletchley Park establishment straight from school, and was part of the Japanese Emperor Codes cryptology department

Eric McDowell, who has died at at the age of 92, was involved in many facets of life in Northern Ireland, both business and private. However, a signif(...)

Syrian Kurds wave the Kurdish flag, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli during a gathering in support of the independence referendum in Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

A referendum on independence from Baghdad has been approved by more than 90 per cent of voters, the election commission for Iraq’s Kurdish region said(...)

A Hezbollah fighter carries the Hezbollah (top) and Lebanese flags in the Jaroud Arsal area of Lebanon, near the Syrian border in July. File photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Lebanese soldiers in Islamic State captivity since 2014 are almost certainly dead, a senior security official said on Sunday, just hours after the arm(...)

A veiled woman sits  on a bench near an installation of wedding dresses by Lebanese artist Mireille Honein and Abaad activist organisation  at Beirut’s corniche in April. The installation was a criticism of Lebanon’s law allowing rapists who married their victims to go free. Photograph:   Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

The Lebanese parliament has repealed a controversial 1940s law permitting rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victims. Article 522 of the (...)

Jeremy Craig, a shareholder, speaking at a  Paddy Power AGM in Dublin in 2007. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A diplomat who played a key role for Ireland in the UN and Middle East died of multiple traumatic injuries following a fall. An inquest into the death(...)

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