Lebanon

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 ...

Syrian children in Lebanon find music school away from home

Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs. It wasn’t long, however, before Syria’s grinding civil war nearly shattered Youssef’s hope of polishing his natural gift. He and his family left their home in a suburb of Damascus and traveled to Lebanon’s Bekaa ...

Lebanon, Maine, scooter operator dies in crash

State Police say an 81-year-old Lebanon, Maine, man died Monday afternoon when his moped was struck by a car on Route 202 in Alfred. Russell Faxon died at the scene. The car involved in the collision was operated by 65-year-old Laura Melisi of Acton, Maine, who was attempting to turned left to access an ice cream stand, police said. Troopers ...

Lebanon civil servants on strike amid wage hike crisis

Hundreds of Lebanese civil servants protested in front of the government’s capital building Tuesday, on the second day of strikes demanding pay in line with a stalled wage hike. Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Cabinet, which approved the wage hike earlier this summer, put off any decrees until Thursday, when it will reconvene with President Michel Aoun to discuss the matter. ...

VINCE RADIATOR GAFFEVince Cable in bizarre diplomatic row with Lebanon after he compared Theresa May to a Beirut hostage

VINCE CABLE was today embroiled in a bizarre diplomatic spat after a Lebanese MP said he was wrong to compare Theresa May to a Beirut hostage. The Lib Dem leader said the Prime Minister was “like being handcuffed to a radiator in the basement of a flat in Beirut and she is at the mercy of other people” because of ...

‘A vigilant eye’: UN troops in Lebanon see no appetite for war

If the Lebanese-Israeli conflict were a football match, UNIFIL peacekeepers would not be the referee. “The UN is the referee,” Italian Major Vincenzo D’Anna told Middle East Eye, on a coastal hill a few hundred metres from the Blue Line. “We just say, this happened; and you decide. We report everything. We are totally impartial and neutral.” The Blue Line ...

PHOTOS | Multiple tombstones damaged after car crashes into Lebanon cemetery

LEBANON, Ind. – A car knocked over several headstones during an early Tuesday morning crash in Lebanon. According to the Lebanon Fire Department, the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. at a cemetery located near State Road 47 and Elm Swamp Road/North 75 East. That’s just east of State Road 39. Investigators said the car went off the road and ended ...

Lebanon Passes Oil Tax Law Ahead of Energy-Rights Auction

Lebanon’s parliament approved a law to tax revenue from oil operations, weeks before its first sale of offshore energy exploration rights to interested companies like Total SAand Exxon Mobil Corp. Lawmakers approved the petroleum tax law in a vote on Tuesday, the state-run National News Agency reported. Energy minister Cesar Abi Khalil called on qualified companies to take the new tax law into consideration ...

Ex-army head, Hezbollah ally Aoun tipped for Lebanon presidency

Saad Hariri, former premier and longtime opponent of Shiite terror group, reportedly decides to endorse the appointment ebanon’s powerful ex-premier Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun for president, a post that has been vacant for almost 30 months, a senior politician said Wednesday. Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the mandate of ...

US cautiously optimistic Lebanon will get president

The United States is cautiously optimistic that Lebanon is on the point of breaking a political deadlock and appointing its first president in two years. “This stalemate on the issue of the presidency is hurting Lebanon and hurts the region and we hope it will move forward,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri ...

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