Trump picks a Lebanese-American to lead HHS department

President Donald Trump has tapped Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and official in the George W. Bush administration, to be the next health and human services secretary, the president announced in a tweet on Monday. Azar, 50, was the president of Lilly USA, the biggest affiliate of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and […]

Lebanon’s Aoun upbeat on Hariri’s comments

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday he was pleased by Saad al-Hariri’s comment that he would return to Lebanon soon to discuss his resignation as prime minister, presidential palace sources said. In separate remarks relayed by visitors to him, Aoun gave a positive assessment of comments Hariri made in an interview on Sunday, his […]

Hariri warns Lebanon faces Arab sanctions risk. Plans to return in days to confirm resignation

Saad al-Hariri warned on Sunday Lebanon was at risk of Gulf Arab sanctions because of the Shi‘ite group Hezbollah’s regional meddling and said he would return to Lebanon within days to affirm he had resigned as the country’s prime minister. In a television interview,  Hariri held out the possibility he could yet rescind his resignation […]

All the pro Hezbollah TV stations will boycott and not broadcast Hariri’s interview

All the pro Hezbollah TV stations including  its mouthpiece  Al-Manar, Speaker Nabih Berri’s NBN, President  Michel Aoun’s OTV, Al-Jadid and Lebanon Television decided to boycott and not broadcast the interview of resigned Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri on Sunday at 8 pm with Paula Yaqoubian of Future TV According to Lebanese media the decision to boycott the […]

Lebanon: The annual marathon turned into a pro-Hariri rally

Beirut, LEBANON- the annual marathon turned into a pro-Hariri rally on Sunday as thousands of Lebanese used the event to appeal for Mr Hariri to return. He regularly took part in the marathon, giving the international sports event a big boost. This year, President Michel Aoun encouraged runners to call on Mr Hariri to return. […]

Tillerson: No place or role in Lebanon for any militias or armed elements

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday warned other countries and groups against using Lebanon as a vehicle for a larger proxy fight in the Middle East, saying the United States strongly backed Lebanon’s independence. “There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than […]

Lebanese patriarch to meet PM Hariri during his Riyadh visit on Monday

BEIRUT: The Lebanese head of the Maronite Catholic church, Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi, will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri when he embarks on a historic visit to Riyadh on Monday. The Lebanese and Saudi sides both hailed the “momentous” visit, which comes at the invitation of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but […]