Lebanon

Bomb Blast Kills Soldier in North Lebanon

BEIRUT, March 24 – A Lebanese soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in northern Lebanon on Thursday, the National News Agency and a security source said. A second soldier in the same patrol was wounded in the explosion which took place near the town of Arsal close to the Syrian border, the source said,

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Kuwait Expels 14 Accused of Hezbollah Links: Report

DUBAI, March 21 – Kuwait has expelled 11 Lebanese and three Iraqis suspected of belonging to Hezbollah, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Monday, nearly three weeks after the country joined other Gulf Arab states in designating the Lebanese Shi’ite group a terrorist organisation. Al-Qabas cited a security source as saying the 14 people had been

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Local Groups Demand Bigger Slice of Aid Pie for World’s Crises

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, March 17  – When Daesh fighters tried to enter a centre helping displaced Syrians in Lebanon’s border town of Ersal in 2014, local people kept the militants out, telling them that Amel Association International, the Lebanese aid group running it, was independent and its staff should not be targeted. The centre

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Lebanon: The Disappeared

When people go missing without a trace during civil wars, life stands still for their families By Mostapha Raad The mothers of those who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War, which extended over 15 years from 1975 till 1990, have never stopped searching for their loved ones even after some 41 years have passed since

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Lebanese Government Approves Plan to Solve Trash Crisis

BEIRUT, March 13 – The Lebanese government on Saturday approved a plan to solve a seven-month garbage crisis that has fueled protests against the dysfunctional state and raised concerns for public health. Two landfills will be established near Beirut, and a third one south of the city will be reopened for two months to receive

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Lebanese Minister Says Garbage Crisis “99 Percent Solved”

BEIRUT, March 12 – Lebanon‘s Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said on Friday the country’s rubbish crisis had been “99 percent solved” at a government committee meeting on the issue. The Lebanese National News Agency quoted Machnouk and reported there would be a cabinet meeting on Saturday to finalize the agreement. It gave no further details. Politicians’

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U.S. Raised Concerns With Saudis About Halting Aid to Lebanese Army

WASHINGTON, March 9 – The United States said on Tuesday it had raised concerns with Saudi Arabia about the kingdom’s cutting off aid to the Lebanese army, adding that international assistance to Lebanon is essential to curbing the influence of Iranian-backed Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia said last month it had suspended a $3 billion aid package

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Iran Says Blacklisting Hezbollah May Jeopardise Lebanon’s Stability

ANKARA, March 3 – Iran accused Gulf Arab neighbours on Thursday of jeopardising Lebanon’s stability by blacklisting the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, state television said, a move likely to stoke tensions in the regional power rivalry between Tehran and Riyadh. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) branded Hezbollah a terrorist organisation on Wednesday, opening up the

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Hezbollah Sees New Struggle In Lebanon, Denounces Saudi Arabia

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, March 2 – Hezbollah said on Tuesday that Lebanon had been pushed into a new phase of political conflict by Saudi Arabia but was not on the brink of civil war and its government of national unity should survive. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iranian-backed group, also

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Lebanon: Strained Ties

Tension between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon reflects a wider regional one By Rami G. Khouri The sudden spat between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon over Riyadh’s suspension of $4 billion in military aid to Lebanon is much more than an awkward bilateral disagreement between two Arab countries. It is the political equivalent of what Saudi Arabia has

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