Lebanon

Lebanon would lose loans provided by the World Bank

Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil warned Monday that Lebanon would lose the $600 million soft loan provided by the World Bank if Parliament fails to meet and approve the draft budget soon. “We should put Parliament back to work, and we in the Finance Ministry are especially aware of the harm that comes from the absence of legislation,” Khalil said ...

Nasrallah backs Aoun on Army, police chiefs

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has thrown his weight behind MP Michel Aoun’s demand for the appointment of new security and military chiefs, implicitly rejecting attempts to renew the mandate of the Army and police commanders, sources close to the Free Patriotic Movement head said Sunday. The agreement over Aoun’s demand was reached during a five-hour meeting between the FPM ...

Aoun looks to be impermeable to finding alternatives to break the deadlock

Although it has become common knowledge by now that neither of Lebanon’s two main candidates to the presidential election – Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea – is, at this point, capable of garnering an absolute majority of votes in Parliament to be elected as the new head of state, Aoun looks to be ...

March 14 to urge LF to attend next Parliament session

March 14 lawmakers will intensify efforts to convince theLebanese Forces Party to take part in a legislative session before the end of Parliament’s regular term, sources from the coalition said Wednesday. Speaker Nabih Berri has expressed his irritation with the decision of major Christian parties to boycott the upcoming legislative session. Speaking to The Daily Star, the sources said that ...

Hariri wants operation Decisive Storm moved to Syria

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called Wednesday after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the Saudi-led “Decisive Storm” military operation in Yemen to shift to Syria to remove the regime of President Bashar Assad for killing its people. The head of the Future Movement also lashed out at Iran for meddling in the internal affairs in Lebanon ...

Hariri to seek protection for Lebanon on U.S. visit

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri will visit Washington next week for talks with senior U.S. officials in the latest of his regional and foreign trips aimed at shielding Lebanon from the repercussions of regional turmoil, political sources said Wednesday. The sources did not give further details, but media reports said Secretary of State John Kerry is among senior U.S. officials ...

Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by the Nusra Front returned home

Nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by the Nusra Front on the Syria-Jordan border earlier this month returned home Monday, ending a nearly two-week ordeal. Around noon Monday, eight Lebanese truckers abducted at the Nassib crossing in southern Syria landed at Beirut airport. Hours later, the ninth, Hasan Atat, crossed into Lebanon by land from Syria through the eastern Masnaa crossing, ...

Lebanese Actor Issam Breidy died in a car accident

Lebanese cultural and political figures mourned Tuesday the death of popular Lebanese Actor Issam Breidy, who was killed in a car accident one day earlier. Actress Mirani Panossian, who co-starred with Breidy in the Lebanese sitcom “Arous w Aris” (Bride and Groom), described the late-actor as a man with “a smile of hope and eyes of intelligence and ambition.” The ...

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 ...

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