Lebanon

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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Lebanon may need old friends

Heavily indebted Lebanon has passed a budget seen as a “first step” towards fixing its public finances but still has much to do to steer the country away from crisis. Investors are waiting to see if Gulf Arabs will offer a lifeline that may provide some breathing space. Lebanon has one of the world’s heaviest public debt burdens, after years of ...

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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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