Lebanon

Lebanon: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

From counterfeit products, to low demand, the jewelry sector in Lebanon faces a crisis By Mostapha Raad Photography by Yeprem, Mostapha Raad The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the top importer of Lebanese jewelry with about $26.96 million worth of products, or 58 percent of Lebanon’s total jewelry exports in the fourth quarter of 2015. When

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Bribery for Services Rampant in Mideast, North Africa, Research Finds

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Roughly one in three people in the Middle East and North Africa has recently paid bribes to public officials and for services such as medical care and electricity, and most people say corruption is growing, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. Only a fifth

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Lebanese Army Kills Daesh Leader at Syrian Border

BEIRUT, April 28 – Lebanese forces killed a Daesh leader on Thursday in an army operation in the mountainous border region with Syria, Lebanon’s National News Agency and a security source said. The man was named as Nayif al-Shaalaan, and identified as Daesh’s leader in the area by the security source. State media said he

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Lebanon Charges Against Australia TV Crew, Mother to Be Dropped

SYDNEY, April 20 – An Australian woman and television crew charged in Beirut with kidnapping following a custody dispute could be released on Wednesday, Australia’s Channel Nine network reported. “Charges against 60 Minutes crew and Brisbane mother in Lebanon set to be dropped,” the network said on its website. The Australians could be released from

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Witnessing OPEC’s Demise

BY Dr. Nasser Saidi With oil prices down by some 70 percent from mid-2014 and touching multi-year lows, economies across the globe are gradually adjusting to the New Oil Normal and the massive transfer of real income from oil producers to oil consumers, with Middle East oil exporters losing $390 billion in export revenues in

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France’s Hollande Vows to Boost Lebanon Military Aid

By John Davison BEIRUT, April 17 – President Francois Hollande said on Saturday that France would provide immediate additional military aid to Lebanon, and urged politicians to end a long-running crisis by electing a president as soon as possible. Hollande also said he had decided to step up assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, giving 50 million euros

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Australian Mother and TV Crew Face Kidnapping Charges in Lebanon

BEIRUT, April 12 – An Australian mother and TV crew, who were in Beirut to film the woman’s efforts to take her children back to Australia after a custody dispute with the Lebanese father, were charged with involvement in kidnapping by a Lebanese prosecutor on Tuesday. The mother and a four-member Channel Nine crew have

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Saudi Arabia’s Bitter Lebanese Divorce

By Dominic Evans and Angus McDowall BEIRUT/RIYADH, April 5 – The waspish cartoon in a Saudi-owned newspaper summed up the anger behind Riyadh’s decision to cancel billions of dollars in military aid and suspend decades of engagement in Lebanon’s fraught politics. “The State of Lebanon: April Fool”, it read. Published on the same day that

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Renewed Fighting in Lebanon Palestinian Refugee Camp Kills One

BEIRUT, April 2 – One person was killed and others injured late on Friday in a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon after a dispute erupted into gunfire between rival political groups for the second time this week, Reuters witnesses and state media said. The outbreak of violence comes after two men were shot dead

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Lebanese Army Gets U.S., British Aid for Defending Border With Syria

BEIRUT, April 1 – Lebanon‘s armed forces acquired three U.S. helicopters worth $26 million on Thursday to help in efforts to stop Syria’s civil war spilling over its border, along with almost $29 million of British aid as EU countries also step up their support. The Lebanese armed forces have now received a total of nine Huey

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