Lebanon

Sleiman’s political group set to meet next month

Next month will see a new political group join the ranks of Lebanon’s myriad organizations, with the Gathering for the Republic holding its first meeting at the residence of former President Michel Sleiman. Sleiman, who will launch the group at his Yarze residence on April 13 at 10:30 a.m., has already sent out invitations to numerous officials to attend the ...

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Hezbollah, Future talks on track despite tensions

The Future Movement and Hezbollah are to hold a new round of talks Wednesday despite renewed tension over the party’s role in Syria, political sources said Monday. “Future and Hezbollah officials will resume their dialogue Wednesday on the presidential election deadlock and a national strategy to fight terrorism,” a senior March 8 source told The Daily Star. The two sides ...

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Future-Hezbollah dialogue up in the air following diatribes

The fate of the 3-month-old dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah hung up in the air Sunday as the two sides engaged in fresh diatribes, putting a new round of talks set for this week in jeopardy. MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah’s bloc in Parliament, Sunday implicitly struck back at former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, a day after ...

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Future, Hezbollah take steps to defuse sectarian tensions

The Future Movement and Hezbollah welcomed Tuesday practical measures to defuse sectarian tensions in the country by removing political slogans and posters belonging to them from the streets of Beirut and other areas. The two rival influential parties also rejected the heavy celebratory gunfire that rattled parts of Beirut and the southern suburbs last week before, during and after Hezbollah ...

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Casino du Liban sacked staff get 60 months’ salaries

Sacked Casino du Liban employees will receive 60 months in wages and full medical benefits until they reach retirement age, while the treatment of those with serious ailments will be financed for the rest of their lives, a mid-level manager at the gambling establishment told The Daily Star Tuesday. The offer ended a weeklong standoff between the management and the ...

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Political banners removed, dialogue goes on

Political slogans and party banners were removed from Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli Thursday, a step the rival the Future Movement and Hezbollah agreed to during dialogue sessions in a bid to defuse sectarian tensions. Operating upon the orders of the Interior Ministry, Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib and party officials supervised the campaign to clear the city of all political signs ...

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At least 1,500 children work on the street in Lebanon

At least 1,500 children, nearly three-quarters of them Syrian, beg on the street and work as roadside vendors, with a some involved in illicit activities, according to the joint study, the first of its kind in Lebanon, conducted by the International Labour Organisation, the U.N. Children’s Fund UNICEF and charity Save the Children International. “More than 70 percent of the ...

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Ministers to tackle Cabinet mechanism row next week

Prime Minister Tammam Salam will call for a Cabinet session next week despite the lingering dispute among ministers over the government’s decision-making mechanism, sources close to the premier said Wednesday. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri left for Riyadh Wednesday night following a 12-day stay in Beirut. Hariri arrived here on Feb. 13 to address a Future Movement rally to ...

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Current mechanism to govern Cabinet session: Berri

The Cabinet will meet this week under the current decision-making system, Speaker Nabih Berri said Sunday, as Prime Minister Tammam Salam scrambled to resolve a widening row over the controversial mechanism that has thrown the government into paralysis. Meanwhile, the Future Movement and Hezbollah will begin Monday discussing a mechanism to facilitate the election of a new president, as the ...

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Lebanon Finance Ministry fines 11 gas stations over fuel fraud

Lebanon’s Finance Ministry has fined 11 gas stations over price manipulation and withholding fuel amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption in the sector. A statement released by the ministry Monday said that investigators inspected 446 gas stations across Lebanon last week. The heightened measures come a few weeks after several complaints were issued against companies benefiting from the recent drop ...

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