Lebanon

Lebanon prepares to legalise medicinal marijuana

Beirut – The Lebanese parliament will soon review legislation to legalise medicinal marijuana, its speaker announced on Wednesday, as authorities seek ways to jumpstart the country’s struggling economy. With public debt at 150% of GDP, the third highest rate in the world, Lebanon charged consulting firm McKinsey & Company with setting out a vision to revitalise growth. McKinsey’s proposal, submitted ...

Lebanon’s Leadership Vacuum Has Banks Battling for Deposits

Lebanon’s banks are paying the highest interest rates on deposits in almost nine years as lenders seek to shore up their capital to cope with political uncertainty and the high borrowing needs of the government. The weighted average rate on customer deposits in Lebanese pounds climbed to 6.71 percent at the end of May, the highest since December 2009, according ...

Lebanon: Same-Sex Relations Not Illegal

(Beirut) – A district court of appeal in Lebanon issued a groundbreaking ruling on July 12, 2018, that consensual sex between people of the same sex is not unlawful, Human Rights Watch said. The ruling follows similar judgments from lower courts that have declined to convict gay and transgender people of “sexual intercourse contrary to nature” in four separate rulings ...

Watch: Shakira and son say ‘Hello Lebanon’ in Arabic over Beirut skies

Colombian-Lebanese singer Shakira visited on Friday her father Lebanese home town of Tannourine in northern Lebanon as part of her visit where she is expected to perform at a concert –  her second, in the same town – with an estimated audience of 13,000 attending. The singer and performer arrived amid tight security to the mountainous town of Tannourine from ...

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 ...

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