Lebanon’s first budget in 12 Years approved

The Lebanese cabinet on Monday approved the 2017 state budget, the country’s first budget in 12 years. The budget will be referred to the parliament for final ratification. “The Cabinet approved the draft state budget and the deficit was greatly decreased through the debate that took place today,” Information Minister Melhem Riachi told reporters after […]

Several Hezbollah field commanders, fighters killed in Syria, report

Syrian opposition rebels destroyed a Hezbollah military position and killed a number of its commanders and fighters in the town of Qamhana in central Syria’s Hama district on Sunday, Sky News reported Monday. According to its sources, the opposition rebels targeted the position with guided missiles, which led to the destruction and the killing of […]

Lebanese Journalist Maalouf sues Hezbollah chief after receiving death threats over tweets

Lebanese journalist Maria Maalouf   who received death threats after she asked on social media why Israel has not eliminated Hassan Nasrallah has filed a lawsuit against the Hezbollah chief . “How can it be that a criminal who forced us into a war with Israel hasn’t been punished?” she said.  Maalouf sparked a media storm last […]

Minister Hamadeh : PSP won’t accept to be marginalized

The Progressive Socialist Party on Sunday declared that it is “open” to all electoral law formats while stressing that it will not accept to be “marginalized.” “Through dialogue and partnership we can overcome all obstacles towards a future that we want it to be prosperous and built on national reconciliation,” Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh said […]

Lebanese women protests against Lebanon’s 1925 sexist citizenship law

As women in the Middle east celebrate Mother’s Day, many mothers around the world including Lebanon are still fighting for basic rights. In Lebanon Hundreds of people from across the country convened in Beirut at Ain Al-Mreisse’s corniche Sunday to protest a law which prevents Lebanese women from passing their nationality to family members. “We […]

Lebanese student conducts during training in US first ‘in seat’ A-29 flight

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.(AFNS) — A Lebanese A-29 Super Tucano pilot trainee, from the 81st Fighter Squadron, conducted the first ‘in seat’ training sortie March 22, 2017, here. The program, which began earlier this month, is designed to ensure the Lebanon air force receives the support and training needed to safely and effectively employ the […]

Hezbollah’s no. 2 Qassem insists on proportional representation electoral law

Hezbollah’s no. 2 ( Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem)  stressed on Saturday that his  party insists  on passing a proportionality-based electoral law  for the upcoming elections, Hezbollah’s mouthpiece al manar reported on Saturdaay In a his speech at  a ceremony  marking the anniversary of the Birth of Sayyeda Fatima Al-Zahraa the Daughter of Prophet Muhammad , […]

All eyes on Lebanon ahead of Arab Summit

By Joseph A. Kechichian Beirut: All eyes will be on Lebanon during the Arab League summit in Aqaba Jordan this week. Its positions will be closely observed by member states, particularly Saudi Arabia which has been displeased with several statements made by pro-Iranian Lebanese politicians, including the president, Michel Aoun, as of late. At an emergency […]

Lebanese olive oil, a sector with potential

By LEILA MAKKE Irrevocably known as one of the cradles of olive growing areas, Lebanon’s ancestral heritage of olive trees along with its microclimate and fertile rain-fed soil assembles auspicious conditions for the production of high-quality olive oils. All these favorable conditions combined, Lebanon still remains a low scale producing country. This stagnation is due to […]

AUB settles U.S. lawsuit for $700K over ‘Hezbollah media training’

American University of Beirut, a recipient of U.S. government aid, has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a civil lawsuit over accusations that it assisted three organizations linked to the militant group Hezbollah, federal prosecutors said. As part of its deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, a party to the lawsuit, the university […]