Palestinians predict historic UN vote on statehood

The Palestinians predicted a historic U.N. vote recognizing their statehood this week, praising important new support from France on Tuesday and likely backing from other European nations seen as critical to enhancing their international standing. The United States and Israel strongly oppose the resolution, and there are fears it could torpedo

France to vote “yes” for Palestinian State at UN

France announced Tuesday that it plans to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week. With the announcement, France becomes the first major European country to come out in favor, dealing a setback to Israel. The timing of the announcement appears aimed at swaying other European nations.

Syria rebels name their ambassador to Paris

France invited Syria’s new opposition coalition to send an ambassador to Paris, but remained cautious on Saturday on the issue of supplying weapons, as inside Syria rebels said they took a key airport. Rebels seized control of Hamdan airport in Deir Ezzor province on the border with Iraq,

U.S. to accelerate aid to new Syrian opposition group

U.S. officials are relieved now that Syria’s disjointed opposition has finally succeeded in creating a united front. “What happened over the weekend was huge,” a senior administration official told CNN. “I think it’s fair to say that most of us were pessimistic, but the opposition did it.

Major events that shaped Lebanon’s modern history

Over the centuries, the region of modern-day Lebanon has been the territory of the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, Persians, the Roman Empire, Arabs, Egyptians, the Ottoman Empire and France, before Lebanon finally gained independence in 1943.