Lebanon

Lebanon MP urges France to see beyond ‘mask’ of corruption

“No more business as usual,” that’s the message from one of Lebanon’s top business leaders and lawmakers to France. Fouad Makhzoumi has appealed to the French government not to turn a blind eye to corruption in Lebanon, as the Arab state battles to pass this year’s budget. “Normally, governments do not like to hear bad news,” says Makhzoumi. “They would ...

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Russia offers to mediate in Syria-Lebanon maritime border dispute

Lebanon seeks Russia’s mediation on its maritime border with Syria. “We have knowledge that Syria wants to demarcate the maritime border with Lebanon, and Russia is present in this area and at this border in particular,” Lebanese Defense Minister Bou Saab told the Russian news agency. Saab mentioned that Russia may be incentivized by its own economic interests in the area. Together with Italian Eni ...

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Lebanon: Beirut Landfill Near Capacity

(Beirut) – The Borj Hammoud landfill, one of two principal landfills serving Beirut, Lebanon, is set to reach capacity by the end of July 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The government had initially estimated that the landfill would be in operation until 2020. The government has taken no steps to provide an alternative site for Beirut’s solid waste. Instead, ...

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Why Lebanon is boycotting Donald Trump’s Bahrain conference

Shortly after Palestinians rejected the economic component of the US Middle East plan unveiled on Saturday, top Lebanese officials said that they refused to be tempted by the plan – despite it allocating billions of dollars to support infrastructure development and business in Lebanon. Lebanese politicians have boycotted the two-day “economic workshop” in Manama, Bahrain, during which the US unveiled the ...

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Lebanon’s Tripoli: residents say negligent state breeds extremism

With its crumbling Mamluk buildings, crusader castle, colourful souq and mouth-watering oriental sweets, Tripoli has long played the role of a busy commercial hub, strategically located on the Lebanese coastline close to the Syrian border. Beneath the city’s landmark early-20th century clock tower, bus drivers wait for customers heading to the capital Beirut or the Syrian city of Tartus, while ...

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West Advises Lebanon to Distance Hezbollah from Regional Tension

Lebanese authorities have been advised through European diplomatic channels to steer Lebanon clear of any possible military confrontation in the Gulf region over rising tension between the United States and Iran, Lebanese cabinet ministers said. The ministers, who refused to be identified, confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the European and non-European advice to Lebanon stressed the need to respect the ...

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US-mediated talks between Lebanon and Israel expected to begin in weeks

TUNIS – Lebanon has agreed to enter US-brokered talks with Israel over a disputed maritime border. Lebanon has not commented publicly on its participation in such talks; however, Israeli sources indicated that negotiations could begin in July. It is understood that discussions would concern only the maritime border. Acting US Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield has ...

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Forced To Demolish Their Own Homes, Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Seek New Shelter

In the northeastern Lebanese city of Arsal, near the Syrian border, young boys stand in the blistering June heat, swinging sledgehammers to knock down simple structures made of concrete breeze blocks. Some of the children are as young as 8 years old. They’re helping the adults reduce the walls to rubble. The structures they’re demolishing are their own homes, in ...

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Michele Hajal, former Miss Lebanon runner-up, dies of cancer at 25

BEIRUT: Michele Hajal, the runner-up in the Miss Lebanon 2016 competition, died Monday of cancer at the age of 25, having fought the disease for over a year. The news was announced in a Facebook post by Hajal’s sister Paula, alongside a photo of the former beauty pageant finalist captioned, “Stay smiling up above,” and describing her as a “blessing.” ...

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Authorities investigate cause of house fire in Lebanon County

LEBANON, Pa. – A house fire displaced a family of five in South Lebanon Township, Friday night. The fire broke out at the home after 9 p.m, on the 900 block on South 2nd Avenue. The South Lebanon Township Fire Department says one firefighter was taken to the hospital for a medical emergency. He is expected to recover. The fire ...

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