Lebanon

Lebanon Twin Suicide Bombings Kills 44; PM Holds Emergency Meeting

By John Davison BEIRUT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam held an emergency meeting with his security cabinet and military chiefs on Friday as the nation mourned 44 people killed in a double suicide bombing claimed by Daesh militants. The blasts late on Thursday hit a residential and commercial area in a

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Lebanon Parliament Convenes for First Time in a Year

BEIRUT, Nov 12: Lebanon’s parliament convened on Thursday for its first legislative session in more than a year as lawmakers prepared to vote on mostly financial issues vital to keeping the paralyzed state afloat. The two-day session, which began shortly after 9:00 GMT, will focus on passing laws crucial to development loans, debt issuance and

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Health Concerns Rise with Garbage Piles

Sounding the Alarm As Lebanese Streets Drown in Trash BY Mostapha Raad Until mid October 2015, the Health Ministry registered 460 cases across Lebanon versus 364 cases in 2014. Lebanon’s waste management crisis is approaching its four-month mark with no end in sight. Following the first rains, tons of trash bags which have been piling

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Through Thick, Thin and Stink

A crisis of waste management in Lebanon prompts a protest movement that shows no signs of abating BY Nour Samaha Newsweek Middle East Web Exclusive BEIRUT: What started out with just 10 people on the streets protesting against an old garbage problem soon escalated to crowds in the tens of thousands, demanding an overhaul of

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Is Syria preparing for elections?

Reuters/Staff 10/25/2015 MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Kremlin last week, he is ready to call for parliamentary and presidential elections if necessary, according to Russian lawmakers. Moscow said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry twice at the weekend, and spoke to his Iranian and

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