Lebanon

Lebanon’s Angel of Mercy

The man who shelters strays By Mostapha Raad Stray dogs approach you as you walk by the Zahrani Bridge’s underpass, in south Lebanon. They sniff the air from a distance, trying to make sure you are not there to harm them. Most of these dogs suffer from physical disabilities, namely blindness and missing limbs, but they

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Lebanon’s Aoun Elected President, Ending 29-Month Vacuum

BEIRUT, Oct 31 – The Lebanese parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Monday, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum as part of a political deal that is expected to make Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri prime minister. Aoun, who is in his 80s, secured the presidency by winning the support of 83

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Lebanon Finally Ready to Elect a President

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Oct 31 – Twenty-six years after being forced from Lebanon’s presidential palace and into exile by the Syrian army, Michel Aoun is set to be elected head of state on Monday, backed by many of his old enemies. The elections will finally see Lebanon elect a president after nearly

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The world’s best ice cream

WARNING: This video may make you crave what international media calls the world’s best ice cream. more: http://owl.li/UjXL305Aiy8. By Mostapha Raad Social Streams

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Lebanon’s Ice Cream King

Lebanon’s best unkept secret By Mostapha Raad Nearly seven decades ago, a young man launched his own sweets parlor on a narrow street in eastern Beirut’s upscale Achrafieh district in 1949. Hanna Mitri Moussa named his shop Al Salam, Arabic for peace, way before Lebanon struggled with its 15-year civil war that started in 1975. The

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“Unfair” Refugee Distribution Stokes Global Crisis

LONDON, Oct 4 – The burden of the global refugee crisis is being unfairly shared, with just 10 countries hosting the majority of refugees, humanitarian groups said, urging wealthy nations to step up their response. Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has pushed the total number of refugees to a record 21.3 million

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Lebanon Extends Term of Army Chief Kahwaji

BEIRUT, Sept 29 – Lebanese Defence Minister Samir Moqbel said he would extend the term of army chief General Jean Kahwaji on Thursday, avoiding a vacuum at the head of the military, whose leadership has been a subject of political dispute. “It isn’t possible or logical, and nobody could accept it, that the military establishment

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Lebanese Army Faces Jihadist Threat on Syrian Border

By Angus McDowall ARSAL, Lebanon, Sept 29 – From a sandbagged army post near the border with Syria, Lebanese soldiers gaze through tripod-mounted binoculars into hills where jihadist militants are entrenched, a forgotten front in Syria’s civil war that has led to bombings inside Lebanon. There is frequent fighting between the army and around 1,000-1,200

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The Frustration of a Comedian

A tiny house in Canada did not appeal to Aida Sabra BY Mostapha Raad World renowned Lebanese singer Fairouz never imagined that after decades of singing her song “A Tiny House in Canada,” that someday, another Lebanese woman will hate residing in the cold Northern American country, after getting used to living in Lebanon’s chaos. Sitt

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Op-ed: Lebanon’s Former Foreign Affairs Minister on Fighting Terrorism

Super powers must exert serious efforts to stop terrorists BY Adnan Mansour On September 17, the U.S.-led coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on the barracks of the Syrian army, killing 62 soldiers and injuring nearly 100. Washington acknowledged the strike in eastern Syria’s Deir Al Zour province, saying it was a “mistake” and

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