Lebanon

Senior Hezbollah Official Calls U.S. Administration “Mentally Impeded and Crazy” Amid Trump Visit

BEIRUT, May 21 – A senior Hezbollah official recently blacklisted by Washington and Riyadh called the U.S. administration “mentally impeded and crazy” on Sunday as President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia, in the group’s latest verbal attack on the United States. Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, president of the Iran-backed Shi’ite group’s executive council, said Washington would

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Lebanon’s Restaurant Ad Features Same-Sex Couple

A Crepaway ad has caught people’s attention on social media. Titled “Come As You Are,” it takes the phrase to a whole other level with some taboo-breaking as Crepaway features a same-sex couple for the first time ever in an ad made for a Lebanese company. The ad was shared on the restaurant’s social media platforms early

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Lebanon on the Brink of a Crisis Again

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, May 11 – Lebanon is on the brink of crisis again with its politicians at odds over an election law at the heart of the nation’s sectarian system, threatening to leave the country without a parliament for the first time. Parliament’s term expires on June 20 and without

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Lebanese Government Must be Formed As Soon As Possible – Hezbollah

BEIRUT, Dec 11 – Hezbollah called on Friday for a Lebanese government to be formed as quickly as possible, weeks after the country elected a president and named a prime minister. Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said last month his efforts to form the government faced “stumbling blocks”, testing hopes he could quickly steer the country

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The Great Wilderness

Wildlife in Lebanon suffers from excessive hunting and human ignorance Pictures and story by Mostapha Raad Baloo the Syrian brown bear, does not know if it had any relatives living in the Lebanese wilderness. In fact, Baloo, 18, and his wife Teddy, 13, have been living alone for over a decade now, in a small house

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Gunmen Kill One Soldier in Northern Lebanon

BEIRUT, Dec 5 – Gunmen killed a soldier and wounded another in northern Lebanon early on Monday when they opened fire on a military installation, the army said. Security sources initially reported that two soldiers were killed. The attack took place before dawn in an area about 20 km (13 miles) east of the city

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Barricades on the Beach: Beirut Residents Fight for Their Waterfront

By Sally Hayden BEIRUT, Dec 5 – Construction of a new luxury resort on Beirut’s waterfront could enclose the city’s last free public beach, leaving only wealthy residents who can afford lofty daily fees to enjoy the Mediterranean shore. The battle for Ramlet al-Baida beach on the Lebanese capital’s highly developed shoreline is at the center

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Beirut Skyline Captures Religious Rivalry and Harmony

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 23  – In Beirut’s rapidly evolving skyline, a newly built cathedral bell tower has risen next to the soaring minarets of a landmark mosque, symbolising both religious coexistence and competition in a city split by sectarian war from 1975 to 1990. The new bell tower of the 19th century Saint

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Hariri Sees Obstacles In Way of Forming New Lebanon Government

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, Nov 21  – Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Monday his efforts to form a new government faced “stumbling blocks”, testing hopes he could quickly steer the country out of its political crisis. Hariri was named prime minister more than two weeks ago in a political deal that saw former

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Lebanon: The Guessing Game

The Levant holds its breath awaiting Donald Trump’s next move By Marlene Khalife There are two main priorities, which Lebanon expects the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tackle: eliminating Daesh, and freezing U.S. attempts to dismantle regimes in favor of creating a new map for this region; a process which his contender, Hillary Clinton, was

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