Syrian media has accused Israel of bombing a military research center near Damascus. The allegations are causing furor within Syria and among its allies.
Iran has announced it will provide Shiite-ally Lebanon with military aid. Sunni extremists from Syria recently launched a large-scale incursion on a Lebanese border town, raising fears of what the future may hold.
The German government says it plans to host an international conference on the refugee crisis triggered by the conflict in Syria. Millions of people have fled to neighboring countries to escape the violence.
Lebanese media say a car bomb has exploded at a checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa Valley, killing three Hezbollah guards. Hezbollah's own media has denied the deaths. The attack took place close to the border with Syria.
A bomb attack has killed two Lebanese soldiers and wounded three near the Syrian border. In August, the area was the scene of a major battle between the Lebanese army and jihadists who had streamed across the border.
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