Lebanon

Lebanon’s Hariri signals reservations over IMF proposals

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday signaled reservations about International Monetary Fund (IMF) proposals for Lebanon which he said included floating the Lebanese pound, which has been pegged at its current level for more than two decades. Hariri was speaking on the first day of a three-day parliamentary session that is expected to approve a state budget ...

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Three former Lebanese prime ministers ask Saudi Arabia to increase its support

Three former Lebanese prime ministers met with Saudi King Salman in Jeddah on Monday in a bid to increase the kingdom’s backing of the current prime minister and counter Hezbollah and its allies that dominate Lebanese politics. While nothing concrete was announced, the Saudi Press Agency reported that during the meeting, they “reiterated the firm stance of the Kingdom towards ...

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HEZBOLLAH RELOCATES PART OF ITS FORCES TO THE LEBANON-SYRIA BORDER

The Hezbollah terror organization relocated part of its forces to the Lebanon-Syria border, which were spread out throughout Syria beforehand, according to a report on Tuesday by the Saudi Arabian Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper which is printed in London. The report said that the forces moved soldiers and heavy weaponry, including short-range and long-range missiles, and established new points in the ...

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Palestinians in Lebanon protest crackdown on unlicensed workers

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protested in the capital Beirut and around their refugee camps against the government’s crackdown on businesses hiring foreign workers without permits. Demonstrators on Tuesday also demanded the Lebanese ministry of labour overturn a rule that requires Palestinian workers to obtain a work permit in order to gain employment. Last month, the ministry announced a one-month deadline for companies ...

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Hanane Hajj Ali’s ‘Jogging’ takes Lebanon’s ‘unspoken stories’ and runs with them

Hanane Hajj Ali has two coping mechanisms for life: jogging and theatre. The first staves off osteoporosis and depression, but it also brings her into close contact with Beirut, the city that has put the actress, writer and activist through 30 years of war. Pounding the streets every morning, Ali observes the “savage transformation of Beirut” and confronts her complicated relationship ...

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Former Lebanon PM in Riyadh – Saudi will support Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will “extend a hand of support to Lebanon”, Lebanese former Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Monday after meeting Saudi King Salman. The king “stressed the necessity of preserving Lebanon and soon there will be Saudi steps towards the Lebanese state,” Mikati told Lebanon’s LBC TV from Riyadh.

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PALESTINIANS CONDEMN CRACKDOWN ON ‘ILLEGAL WORKERS’ IN LEBANON

Palestinians on Monday denounced a campaign by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor against illegal foreign workers in the country. Residents of Al-Rashidiya refugee camp in southern Lebanon burned tires and blocked the entrances to the camp to protest the crackdown on illegal foreign workers. The protesters announced they will not allow Lebanese goods to enter Al-Rashidiya. The campaign earlier is ...

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Arab envoys express support for Lebanon, say it is stable

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Culture Minister Mohamed Daoud toured the city of Aley accompanied by several Arab ambassadors. The visit, aimed at promoting tourism in the region, included UAE Ambassador Hamad Saeed Al-Shamsi, Algeria’s Ambassador Ahmed Bouziane, Mohammed Karin (Morocco), Karim Boudali (Tunisia), Ambassador Nazih Al-Najari (Egypt), Badr bin Mohammad Al-Mantheri (Oman) and the charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy, Majed Abu ...

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Crackdown on thousands of Syrian refugees with illegal jobs in Lebanon

BEIRUT: Inspectors from the Lebanese Ministry of Labor carried out raids on shops, factories and establishments employing illegal foreign labor, especially Syrian workers across the country on Wednesday. The ministry has given employers a month to regularize the situation of their foreign workers. Lebanon hosts 938,531 Syrian refugees registered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and they are not allowed ...

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