Lebanon

Lebanon holds local elections, first time in six years

Exclusive to the Middle East Online Edited by Nelly Tawil Sunday saw the beginning of a small turnout for Lebanese voting in municipal elections in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley amid tight security. The outcome of the election will reveal the 24-seat municipal council who will run the Beirut’s affairs for the next six years. The election follows the capitals ...

ISIL LEADER IS CAPTURED IN SOMALIA AND OTHER IS KILLED IN LEBANON

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG In developing news, one of ISIL leader in Somalia has been captured alive by the country’s security forces which said that,” ISIL is trying to establish their terrorist activities around Mogadishu, the capital city”.ISIL presence in Somalia would constitutes another challenge to the country that is already suffering in the hands of Al-Shabab terrorist group. Furthermore, ...

60 Minutes Crew released and leaves Lebanon

Edited by Nelly Tawil After being held for two weeks in a Beirut prison on charges of child kidnapping, 60 Minute reporter, Tara Brown and the rest of her TV crew are released on bail and left Lebanon. All involved were facing charges of kidnapping and being members of a criminal gang, which can attract maximum sentences of up to ...

Several dead after Syrian warfare spills into Lebanon

Edited by Nelly Tawil A security source and the state news agency confirms that Lebanon’s northern Bekaa Valley region was disrupted on Monday as conflict between Islamic State and the al Qaeda related Nusra Front spilled into Lebanon’s territory. Casualties ranged on both sides. Both the security source and an Islamic State online statement verified that over sixteen Nusra Front ...

Lebanon PM denounces bombings in Brussels

Edited by Nelly Tawil Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned the Tuesday bombings in Brussels, declaring that such acts “tarnish the image of Arabs and Muslims, harm their interests and widen the gap between them and the Western world.”   Salam released his statement through his press office expressing his disappointment and sympathy for all those involved in the attack. ...

Saudi Arabia continues to support Lebanon

Edited by Nelly Tawil (AME Media) Saudi Arabia Ambassador Ali Awad Asisri claims that Saudi Arabia continues to support Lebanon despite the diplomatic difficulties that threaten their continued cooperation. Asiri states that “Saudi Arabia has nothing but good [intentions] towards Lebanon” in response to Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal. Ambassador Asiri advises Lebanese businessmen to turn their investments towards Riyadh. He claims that ...

All Political Powers Represented in Trash Agreement

The cabinet is expected to convene on Saturday morning to approve the trash management file after an agreement that was reached on Friday by a concerned ministerial panel, reported al-Liwaa newspaper on Saturday. Ministerial sources told the daily that “all political powers are represented in the deal.” “The crisis is no longer up for debate and it can be approved ...

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 ...

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