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Russia expands ties in Lebanon’s oil and gas sector

BEIRUT — During a Middle East tour last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo focused primarily on Iran’s influence in the region, but on Mar. 20 in Jerusalem he also labeled Russia an adversary of US regional allies in addition to Iran and China when speaking about energy and security in the eastern Mediterranean. “Revisionist powers like Iran and Russia and China are all trying to ...

Lebanon: Cooking meals for thousands of storm-affected refugees

“Knowing I contribute to put food on the table and feed the children of other refugee families makes it worth the effort I put into my cooking,” says Syrian Khitam. Together with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), she provides meals for 300 families affected by the winter storms in Lebanon. Khitam is a 54-year-old woman from Syria and lives in ...

Value Proposition: Lebanon’s First Real Estate Investment Platform Legacy One

“Lebanon has once again shown its unrelenting stubbornness to overcome all these challenges,” says Wael El Zein, Chairman and General Manager of Lucid Investment Bank, talking about the Lebanese economy’s struggles, which include the negative effects of the outbreak of war in neighboring Syria since 2011, a slump in oil prices since 2014, as well as the country’s own governmental power ...

Can Lebanon afford to offend America by befriending Russia?

While Washington is not averse to Moscow’s presence in Lebanon, it certainly draws the line at defence. Lebanese President Michael Aoun landed in Moscow scarcely three days after United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lambasted Hezbollah and showered veiled threats on the group’s political allies. Even though the visit had been prescheduled, the political corridors in Lebanon were abuzz ...

US breaks silence, requests Lebanon extradite suspected Syrian war criminal

Until this week, Germany and Beirut had been refusing to confirm reports that Berlin was seeking the extradition of Syria’s air force intelligence head. Then the State Department publically called on Lebanon to follow through the request and hand over the man who has presided over one of Syria’s most feared security agencies through a long bloody war. The 66-year-old ...

Fatal crash causes part of Route 87 in Lebanon to close

LEBANON, Conn. (WTNH) – Officials responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident on Route 87 inLebanon early Wednesday morning. The Department of Transportation reports that Route 87 is closed between Goshen Hill Road and Waterman Road. This area is also known as the Trumbull Highway. The accident was reported about 2 A.M. The single car accident is reported to have involved some sort ...

Lebanon 2019 bank deposits seen growing a `conservative’ $7-$8 bln-banker

BEIRUT, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s domestic bank deposits are forecast to grow by a “conservative” $7 billion to $8 billion in 2019 compared with $5.6 billion in 2018, a senior Lebanese banker said on Wednesday. Freddie Baz, a top executive at Bank Audi, said sentiment had improved in Lebanon since Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri formed a new national unity ...

Human rights violations persist despite Lebanon’s legislative wins: Amnesty

Despite encouraging changes to discriminatory legislation in Lebanon throughout 2018, corruption and the arbitrary arrests of human rights activists detracted from the country’s human rights record, Amnesty International’s annual report stated.  

EU affirms commitment to Lebanon’s stability, partnership

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Tuesday wrapped up a two-day visit to Beirut that underlined EU commitment to Lebanon’s stability and partnership, as well as accompanying government plans to implement economic reforms recommended at the CEDRE conference.

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 ...