Lebanon

Kidnapped Arsal resident was freed

An Arsal resident who was kidnapped by Islamist militants Monday afternoon was freed hours later, a security source said. Militants allegedly allied with ISIS kidnapped Saleh al-Hujeiri from the area of Wadi Hmeid outside Arsal and took him to the town’s outskirts at 2 p.m. Monday. He was released at 8 p.m. that same day, according to the source. The ...

Lebanon’s agricultural future is under imminent danger due to the shortage of Syrian laborers

Lebanon’s agricultural future is under imminent danger due to the shortage of Syrian laborers who cultivate and harvest the crops, farmers warned Monday. They added that the General Security Directorate’s decision in December 2014 to restrict the entry of Syrians to Lebanon has had a devastating effect on farming. According to the farmers, the number of laborers working in the fields in ...

Infant died at a Mount Lebanon daycare

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour launched Monday an investigation into the case of an infant who died at a Mount Lebanon daycare. Health Ministry inspectors opened a probe into the Clarinette et Zoe nursery in the town of Ajaltoun Monday, where four-month-old Elie Salloum died Monday in an “accident,” according to a statement released by Abu Faour’s media office. The statement said the baby was already dead when ...

Lebanon will ask for support against terrorism and financial aid for the Syrian refugee crisis

Lebanon will ask the forthcoming Arab summit for support in its open battle against terrorism as well as financial aid to cope with the Syrian refugee crisis, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Monday. In the absence of a president, Salam will head Lebanon’s delegation to the annual Arab League summit, scheduled to be held on March 28-29 in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, ...

Sleiman’s political group set to meet next month

Next month will see a new political group join the ranks of Lebanon’s myriad organizations, with the Gathering for the Republic holding its first meeting at the residence of former President Michel Sleiman. Sleiman, who will launch the group at his Yarze residence on April 13 at 10:30 a.m., has already sent out invitations to numerous officials to attend the ...

Hezbollah, Future talks on track despite tensions

The Future Movement and Hezbollah are to hold a new round of talks Wednesday despite renewed tension over the party’s role in Syria, political sources said Monday. “Future and Hezbollah officials will resume their dialogue Wednesday on the presidential election deadlock and a national strategy to fight terrorism,” a senior March 8 source told The Daily Star. The two sides ...

Future-Hezbollah dialogue up in the air following diatribes

The fate of the 3-month-old dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah hung up in the air Sunday as the two sides engaged in fresh diatribes, putting a new round of talks set for this week in jeopardy. MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah’s bloc in Parliament, Sunday implicitly struck back at former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, a day after ...

Future, Hezbollah take steps to defuse sectarian tensions

The Future Movement and Hezbollah welcomed Tuesday practical measures to defuse sectarian tensions in the country by removing political slogans and posters belonging to them from the streets of Beirut and other areas. The two rival influential parties also rejected the heavy celebratory gunfire that rattled parts of Beirut and the southern suburbs last week before, during and after Hezbollah ...

Casino du Liban sacked staff get 60 months’ salaries

Sacked Casino du Liban employees will receive 60 months in wages and full medical benefits until they reach retirement age, while the treatment of those with serious ailments will be financed for the rest of their lives, a mid-level manager at the gambling establishment told The Daily Star Tuesday. The offer ended a weeklong standoff between the management and the ...

Political banners removed, dialogue goes on

Political slogans and party banners were removed from Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli Thursday, a step the rival the Future Movement and Hezbollah agreed to during dialogue sessions in a bid to defuse sectarian tensions. Operating upon the orders of the Interior Ministry, Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib and party officials supervised the campaign to clear the city of all political signs ...

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