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Three hurt in pair of two-vehicle crashes near Lebanon

Three people were injured in a pair of two-vehicle crashes Tuesday around the 34000 block of Santiam Highway north of Lebanon. Lebanon Fire District personnel responded to the first accident shortly after 4:45 p.m. According to battalion chief Nick Tyler, one vehicle sustained front-end damage and the other had rolled onto its top with its driver inside. “The report came ...

Lebanon Government to Win Confidence Vote in Parliament

The new government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to receive Wednesday Parliament’s vote of confidence with the majority of blocs supporting him, except for the Kataeb party and some independent deputies. During the first parliamentary session that kicked off Tuesday to discuss the ministerial statement, Hariri said: “We want this government to be one of actions and not ...

Riyadh and Tehran ‘fight for influence’ in Lebanon

Iran’s foreign minister has promised business deals to Lebanon, while some in Beirut are anticipating aid from Riyadh on the back of a forthcoming visit from a Saudi delegation. Two weeks after Beirut announced the formation of a government following an eight month impasse, the Middle East’s major regional rivalry is playing out in the Levant. Adviser to the Saudi ...

Hezbollah calls for talks on Lebanon state debt

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government last month categorically ruled out restructuring and pledged to repay debt at existing interest rates BEIRUT: Hezbollah urged Lebanon’s new government on Tuesday to negotiate with banks to restructure the country’s massive national debt. The unprecedented call by a Hezbollah member of Parliament suggests that the group, which for the first time controls three ministries, ...

Lebanon finally has a new government. Here are three reasons for cautious optimism.

After a nine-month deadlock marked by political bickering, a struggling economy and massive growing public debt, Lebanon’s political elite finally agreed Thursday on the formation of a new government. The compromise among Lebanon’s sectarian political factions will certainly inject some much-needed social normalcy and stability, and the new government will historically include four women ministers, among them Raya al-Hassan, leading the ...

As Hezbollah Rises in Lebanon’s Government, Fears About U.S. Response Follow

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s newly formed government, which gives the Islamist movement Hezbollah key ministries, has raised concerns that the country could run afoul of sanctions by the United States that prohibit material support for the Iran-backed group. On Friday, the United States warned Hezbollah against propping up its agenda with its new position, which includes key posts in Lebanon’s ...

Berks woman dies in Lebanon Co. crash after hitting tree, house

LEBANON CO., Pa. – A Berks woman has died after striking a tree, fence and house in an accident in Lebanon County Sunday night. The incident took place in the 2200 block of West Cumberland Street. Kyann Ruth Schnoke, 22, of Womelsdorf, was traveling east on southbound Route 422. According to officials, a witness told police Schnoke was traveling at a ...

CyberSouth: Advanced Judicial Training on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence in Lebanon

Council of Europe in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in Lebanon organised on 16, 17 and 19 of January 2019, under the framework of CyberSouth project, an advanced judicial training on cybercrime and electronic evidence. This training session was delivered to the magistrates who successfully completed the initial training session that took place in September 2018. The aim of ...

Lebanese Default Risk Prompts Moody’s Downgrade Deeper Into Junk

Lebanon wasn’t spared a debt rating downgrade that pushed it deeper into junk, hours after Qatar unveiled a plan to plow $500 million into its government bonds. Moody’s Investors Service lowered the country’s credit score one step to Caa1, seven levels below investment grade and on par with countries including Gabon, Zambia and Iraq. It changed the outlook to stable from negative. Even though Lebanon’s ...

Lebanon plans visa free with Algeria

Mohamed Choucair, head of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture, discussed Monday the possibility of a visa-free policy between Lebanon and Algeria to boost tourism, local media reported. “This is one of the opportunities that exist between the two countries and we will be working on it very soon,” he was quoted as saying by the National News Agency. Choucair’s ...