Lebanon

Islamic State Threatens Hizbullah, Lebanese Officials, Urges Christians to Convert to Islam

The Islamic State extremist group released a video in which two of its Lebanese members threaten various Lebanese officials, as well as Hizbullah. The video showed the two members urging Lebanon’s Sunnis to “revolt,” while saying that Hizbullah is “the source of crime and oppression in the country.” “The Syrian regime invaded Lebanon primarily through Arab consent and secondarily through ...

Salam Tasks Mashnouq Instead of Bassil at Islamic Summit

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has tasked Agriculture Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq instead of Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil to represent him at the Extraordinary Islamic Summit on Palestine end of this week, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday. “The invitation has been addressed to Salam and he is free to assign any of the ministers,” sources at the Grand Serail told the daily. ...

World Leaders Hail ‘Real Progress’ in Syria as Opposition Says ‘Conditions Not Ripe’ for Talks

World leaders hailed “real progress” in Syria on Friday, but fresh air strikes showed the fragility of the week-old truce and the opposition cast doubt on its attendance at talks next week in Geneva. Warplanes struck a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital for the first time since the fragile truce began last weekend, a monitor said. “Two ...

Refugee protests in Lebanon could go beyond Palestinians

For more than a month, large protests throughout Lebanon have been gaining size and momentum, driven by the announcement that UNRWA, the UN agency which provides services and relief to Palestinian refugees, will no longer cover the cost of regular hospital visits for Palestinians in Lebanon. This move has been interpreted as representing a wider decline in the fortunes of ...

Why did Riyadh cancel $4 billion in aid to Lebanon?

It was only a matter of time before the latent tensions brewing between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon boiled over, given the current rivalry between Riyadh and Tehran and the rising influence of the Shiite Hezbollah in Lebanon. But it seems Saudi Arabia is truly acting in an erratic manner that, instead of bringing Lebanon back into its sphere of influence, ...

Riyadh suspends multibillion-dollar aid package to Lebanon

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Khalil: Terror funding to feel Lebanon’s full force

Lebanon will fully mobilize its political, financial and judicial resources to complete the battle against terrorism financing, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Friday. “Our endeavor doesn’t aim to target any entity but merely to clarify matters concerning Lebanon’s stance on terrorism and money laundering, which are very critical at this stage,” Khalil said as he addressed the World Union ...

Another Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

Hezbollah fieldcommanderwas killed in clashes in  thenorthern Syrianprovince of Aleppo, media reports said on Friday. “The commander Haidar Fareez Merhi and the fighter Hussein Hassan Jawad, who both hail from the western Bekaa town of Mashghara, were killed fighting in the Nubol and Zahraa area north of Aleppo,” Al-Arabiya television reported.   The pro-Hezbollah South Lebanon news portal confirmed Merhi’s death, also ...

One of the Czechs kidnapped in Lebanon was a spy: official

The Czech defense minister says a military spy who was among five Czechs returned Thursday from Lebanon was seeking information about a fellow countryman kidnapped in Libya last year. The minister, Martin Stropnicky, was quoted in the Hospodarske Noviny daily Friday as saying the military agent, Martin Psik, went to Lebanon in an effort “to help our cook in Libya.” ...

Rifi wants probe into family links at military court

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi Friday tasked the general prosecution with inspecting a media report saying that two members of the Military Tribunal’s panel which decided on ex-Information Minister Michel Samaha’s release are relatives.  

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