Lebanon

‘A vigilant eye’: UN troops in Lebanon see no appetite for war

If the Lebanese-Israeli conflict were a football match, UNIFIL peacekeepers would not be the referee. “The UN is the referee,” Italian Major Vincenzo D’Anna told Middle East Eye, on a coastal hill a few hundred metres from the Blue Line. “We just say, this happened; and you decide. We report everything. We are totally impartial and neutral.” The Blue Line ...

PHOTOS | Multiple tombstones damaged after car crashes into Lebanon cemetery

LEBANON, Ind. – A car knocked over several headstones during an early Tuesday morning crash in Lebanon. According to the Lebanon Fire Department, the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. at a cemetery located near State Road 47 and Elm Swamp Road/North 75 East. That’s just east of State Road 39. Investigators said the car went off the road and ended ...

Lebanon Passes Oil Tax Law Ahead of Energy-Rights Auction

Lebanon’s parliament approved a law to tax revenue from oil operations, weeks before its first sale of offshore energy exploration rights to interested companies like Total SAand Exxon Mobil Corp. Lawmakers approved the petroleum tax law in a vote on Tuesday, the state-run National News Agency reported. Energy minister Cesar Abi Khalil called on qualified companies to take the new tax law into consideration ...

Ex-army head, Hezbollah ally Aoun tipped for Lebanon presidency

Saad Hariri, former premier and longtime opponent of Shiite terror group, reportedly decides to endorse the appointment ebanon’s powerful ex-premier Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun for president, a post that has been vacant for almost 30 months, a senior politician said Wednesday. Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the mandate of ...

US cautiously optimistic Lebanon will get president

The United States is cautiously optimistic that Lebanon is on the point of breaking a political deadlock and appointing its first president in two years. “This stalemate on the issue of the presidency is hurting Lebanon and hurts the region and we hope it will move forward,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad Hariri ...

Lebanon claims it stopped two IS attacks

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Thursday came with an announcement from Lebanon’s army claiming that they had thwarted planned terrorist attacks by Islamic State on a tourist site and a crowded area, days after suicide bombers killed five people in a Christian village. The arrests were carried out on Thursday, where five people involved in ...

Five killed in multiple suicide bomb attacks in Lebanon

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Five people have been reported dead and fifteen wounded after multiple suicide bomb attacks in north-eastern Lebanon, officials and medics say. The blasts were located in the predominately Christian village of Qaa, a few hundred yards away from the border. A state-run National News Agency has reported that no group ...

Cabinet disputes over state security, dam issues: threatens to paralyse government

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil The controversial Janna dam project and the State security agency issues threaten to further cripple the work of an already crippling government, the differences over both topics will be discussed by the Cabinet at a meeting on Thursday. The meeting comes at the same time as two Kataeb Party ministers ...

Frangieh nomination initially proposed by Britain, US and Saudi Arabia

  Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil On Thursday night Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk revealed that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s nomination of MP Sleiman Frangieh for the presidency was initially proposed by Britain, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. “MP Sleiman Prangieh’s nomination did not come from Saad Hariri. But from the British Foreign Ministry and ...

Lebanon commemorates Resistance and Liberation Day

Exclusive to The Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Wednesday marked the 16th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. The country commemorated the day known as Resistance and Liberation Day with Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who viewed the Israeli withdrawal from most of South Lebanon on May 25, 2000 as a victory for all Lebanese no matter ...

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