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Scientists have used DNA to re-trace the migrations of a sea-faring civilisation which dominated the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The Phoenicians were an enterprising maritime people from the territory of modern-day Lebanon. They established a trading empire throughout the Mediterranean Sea in the first millennium BC. A new study by an international team has now revealed the genetic legacy they imparted to modern populations. The...

2008-10-31

 tracking migration DNA Phoenicia Lebanon archaeology Mediterranean
Israel and the Palestinians: The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is about water, as well as land. The West Bank is a major source of water for Israel. But Palestinians complain that, on average, an Israeli uses three times as much water as a West Bank Palestinian.

1999-03-16

 war water Israel Palestine conflict Middle East Lebanon
Israel has for the first time admitted it used controversial phosphorus shells during fighting against Hezbollah in Lebanon in July and August. Cabinet minister Jacob Edery confirmed the bombs were dropped "against military targets in open ground". Israel had previously said the weapons were used only to mark targets. Phosphorus weapons cause chemical burns and the Red Cross and human rights groups say they should be treated as...

2006-10-22

 war Israel Lebanon phosphorus chemical weapon
More than 54 civilians, at least 34 of them children, have been killed in a town in south Lebanon in the deadliest Israeli strike of the conflict so far. ... Lebanon's prime minister denounced "Israeli war criminals" and cancelled talks with the US secretary of state. ... Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is reported to have told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Israel needs 10-14 days to press its offensive. .....

2006-07-30

 Lebanon Israel
... and urges people to quit southern Lebanon, a possible prelude to a ground offensive. ... Senior Lebanese officials said the country's army would go into battle if Israel invaded Lebanon...

2006-07-21

 Lebanon Israel
For the past two years Iraq, Syria, Jordan and parts of Turkey and Lebanon, have suffered the devastating effects of the worst drought the Middle East has experienced in decades.
 Middle East water Israel Palestine Lebanon Syria Iraq Jordan Turkey
At least 24 bodies of people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash off Beirut have been pulled from the sea. Addis Ababa-bound Flight ET409 burst into flames and crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after take-off from Beirut airport in stormy weather. Rescuers are continuing to search for bodies and wreckage, but officials say it is very unlikely that any of the 90 people on board will be found alive. A Lebanese minister said...

2010-01-25

 Lebanon Ethiopia Mediterranean airplane crash
The people who went missing during Lebanon's civil war in the 1970s and 80s are in danger of being forgotten as their parents and siblings grow older...

2010-05-01

 Lebanon civil war kidnapping Syria