Lebanon

Report into killing of Irish soldier in Lebanon finds litany of conflicting accounts

When Private Caomhán Seoige was sent out to observation post 6.22 Delta in the so-called ‘Iron Triangle’ in South Lebanon, the Aran Islander was just days away from returning home after his six months’ UN tour of duty. Private Hugh Doherty who accompanied him at that isolated spot, was just five days into his first overseas posting with the Defence Forces, part ...

Lebanon: We received appeals against 40 elected MPs

The Lebanese Constitutional Council yesterday announced that it has received appeals against the legality of the election of 40 MPs of the 128 appointed in the recent elections. Head of the Constitutional Council Issam Suleiman said in a press conference in Beirut that the appeal “does not invalidate the election result. The elected candidate is considered an MP and can ...

Scores naturalized in Lebanon where women still lack rights

A Lebanese presidential decree to naturalize hundreds of foreigners, including Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi and other regional elites, has ignited a row over who deserves citizenship in this tiny Mediterranean country, where one in four people is a refugee and women married to foreigners cannot pass on their citizenship to their children. News of the decree, which was signed ...

Lebanon’s mountains are being wiped from the map – but does anyone care?

Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction of entire mountains, the slashing down of tens of thousands of pine trees, the very shape of the landscape changed by more than 3,000 quarries which have ripped apart the geography of Lebanon and made a new map of its blessed and ancient land – the Massacre of the Mountains? ...

Lebanon’s Hariri in Riyadh to meet King Salman, Crown Prince MBS

Saad Hariri arrives in Saudi Arabia, his first visit there since his abrupt ‘resignation’ from Riyadh in November. Lebanon‘s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, his first visit there since his abrupt – and later rescinded – resignation from Riyadh in November. A statement by Hariri’s media office on Tuesday said the prime minister would meet ...

Lebanon protests Israel’s use of its airspace

JERUSALEM: Lebanon protested Israel’s use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council. In a statement Saturday, Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry also said it supports Syria’s “legitimate” right to respond to Israel’s “aggression.” The statement said such “aggressive policy” threatens stability in the region. Lebanon urged concerned countries to “rein in” Israel. Israel said ...

Risking Israeli Dispute, Lebanon Signs Deal With 3 Oil Firms

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon signed Friday a deal with an international consortium to start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas amid tensions with Israel. Beirut hopes that oil and gas will help boost its struggling economy. Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil warned Israel not to try to hinder the drilling on the Lebanese side saying that Beirut can also ...

Lebanon: Two Israeli Agents Behind Car Bombing Targeting Hamas Operative

Lebanese intelligence services have identified the assailants who tried to assassinate a Hamas operative in the Lebanese port city of Sidon earlier this month, local media reported. According to al-Akhbar newspaper, two of four assailants were Israeli agents, a man holding a duel Swedish-Iraqi citizenship and a woman, who is a Georgian national. The four reportedly flew out of Lebanon ...

Lebanon’s President Meets German Counterpart: Bearing Syrian Displacement’s Burden “Int’l Responsibility”

President Michel Aoun maintained that Germany constituted a vital economic force that Lebanon was seeking to cooperate with on all levels, in remarks made following his meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at Baabda palace on Monday. “We dwelt on Germany’s participation in three crucial conference that Lebanon is looking forward to,” Aoun said. “We reviewed the regional situation ...

Flag retirement ceremony in Lebanon sparks discussion about NFL debate

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Cub Scout Pack 439 in Lebanon held its annual flag retirement ceremony at Kochenderfer United Methodist Church on Monday night. Cubmaster Scott Miller says it has become an important tradition. “We started the ceremony after the September 11th attacks,” said Miller. “We think it helps the scouts understand the importance of what the flag means for ...

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