Lebanon

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 ...

At least 1,500 children work on the street in Lebanon

At least 1,500 children, nearly three-quarters of them Syrian, beg on the street and work as roadside vendors, with a some involved in illicit activities, according to the joint study, the first of its kind in Lebanon, conducted by the International Labour Organisation, the U.N. Children’s Fund UNICEF and charity Save the Children International. “More than 70 percent of the ...

Ministers to tackle Cabinet mechanism row next week

Prime Minister Tammam Salam will call for a Cabinet session next week despite the lingering dispute among ministers over the government’s decision-making mechanism, sources close to the premier said Wednesday. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri left for Riyadh Wednesday night following a 12-day stay in Beirut. Hariri arrived here on Feb. 13 to address a Future Movement rally to ...

Current mechanism to govern Cabinet session: Berri

The Cabinet will meet this week under the current decision-making system, Speaker Nabih Berri said Sunday, as Prime Minister Tammam Salam scrambled to resolve a widening row over the controversial mechanism that has thrown the government into paralysis. Meanwhile, the Future Movement and Hezbollah will begin Monday discussing a mechanism to facilitate the election of a new president, as the ...

Lebanon Finance Ministry fines 11 gas stations over fuel fraud

Lebanon’s Finance Ministry has fined 11 gas stations over price manipulation and withholding fuel amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption in the sector. A statement released by the ministry Monday said that investigators inspected 446 gas stations across Lebanon last week. The heightened measures come a few weeks after several complaints were issued against companies benefiting from the recent drop ...

The selfie of Miss Israel with Miss Lebanon caused a global backlash

Miss Israel has hit back at Miss Lebanon over a selfie scandal that has caused a global stir. Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, has denied she photobombed Miss Lebanon after a photograph she posted on Instagram sparked a backlash in Lebanon. Matalon posted a photograph of herself with Miss Slovenia, Miss Japan, and Miss Lebanon onInstagram last week, with all four beauty ...

Fans have been banned from Lebanese Basketball games after a series of brawls

Fans have been banned from attending Lebanese Basketball League games, the country’s sports minister said Monday after a series of brawls erupted Sunday between rival teams and their supporters. But the final decision over the matter is expected to be issued later Monday after the league is set to meet. “I have decided, after consultations with Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Interior ...

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