Lebanon

Lebanon Was Just Rated “Largely Compliant” on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

A Report by The OECD Global Forum summarizing improvements and areas still needing monitoring. The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published, on July 30, nine peer review reports assessing compliance with the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request (EOIR). And, Lebanon was positively rated. The reports are part of the ...

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Lebanon’s Hariri hopes for decision in September on sea border talks

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday after talks in Washington that he hoped for a final decision, possibly in September, on a proposal for resolving a maritime border dispute with Israel on a gas pipeline. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Lebanon’s commitment to the talks and reiterated Washington’s willingness to facilitate discussions. “We consider the process ...

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Lebanon’s Aoun vows to tend to economic, financial reforms

Lebanon is expected to begin implementing in October a set of economic and financial measures agreed by its top leadership that will boost economic growth, President Michel Aoun said on Sunday, vowing that he would to tend to this himself. He was referring to decisions taken at a top-level meeting earlier this month with the aim of reviving an economy ...

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Time Is Running Out for Syrians in Lebanon

Beirut is ready to send refugees home, but there isn’t much for them to go back to. AKKAR, Lebanon—“They kill the kids. They kill everyone! We can’t go back!” For Fatima, the idea of returning to war-ravaged Syria with her five children is laughable. Besides, what would she go back to? “We had a home, a farm,” she said. “All ...

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Don’t Sacrifice Lebanon for the Syrian Refugees

When Robert Fisk wrote Pity the Nation, the history of the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War, he probably never imagined things would get that bad. Well, they might. There are over 900,000 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon (though the actual number may be 1.5 million as the United Nations stopped registering arrivals in 2015), and they now comprise at least 15% ...

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Passenger to Lebanon gives birth mid-flight

A Middle East Airlines-Air Liban flight has gained a tiny passenger over the weekend when a woman gave birth mid-flight. Middle East Airlines confirmed the news: “Announcements were made to check if there was any doctor on board to assist with the delivery, but no doctors were on board that flight,” Rima Mikaoui, director of public relations for Middle East ...

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UK to Lebanon: Ban Hezbollah in exchange for aid

UK ordered Lebanese development bodies to ban both the political and military wings of Hezbollah in order to continue receiving economic aid, Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported yesterday. In a document dated February, the UK Ministry of International Development said: “The British government is dedicated to expand its ban on Hezbollah to include its political and military wing; therefore, anybody who is to benefit or ...

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Syrian refugees panic as threat of deportation rises in Lebanon

Lebanese security forces are increasingly carrying out raids at businesses and refugee camps, according to reports, renewing concerns that Syrian refugees are at risk of being unfairly deported and mistreated. Growing reports of raids over the past few weeks follow a Lebanese government drive againstundocumented foreign labour, a move Syrians feared was aimed at earmarking them. As the Syrian crisis ...

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Lebanon slams Israel over ‘Port of Hezbollah’ claims at U.N.

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N. Tuesday blasted Israeli claims at the Security Council that the Port of Beirut was being used to smuggle Hezbollah weapons, saying the accusations were a direct threat to peace and civilian infrastructure. “Before I read my prepared statement, I would like to address the accusations that the Israeli ambassador directed against Lebanon, taking into ...

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Lebanon civil war: From rival fighters to side-by-side bikers

Marwan and Elie fought for rival militias in Lebanon’s civil war, which divided Beirut into two isolated districts – east and west. However, their common passion for motorcycles unified them and they have become close friends and side-by-side riders. They have been joined by many other ex-fighters, who now organise trips and ride together through Lebanon

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