Divorce rate in Lebanon up 55 %

Beirut’s recent woes about rubbish have given light to its underlying political instability but Lebanon is often overlooked for its religious tolerance and diversity. The small country that borders the Mediterranean officially recognises 18 religious denominations, each with the freedom to administer marriage, divorce and alimony matters to those of their faith. Civil marriage is […]

Iran’s Zarif wants Saudi Arabia to cooperate in, Syria,Yemen like it did in Lebanon

Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran’s foreign minister said. “I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work together to put […]

Lebanon’s Hezbollah finds and seizes crashed Israeli drone: report

Hezbollah has located an Israeli drone that crashed in Lebanese territory and has taken it to a secure location for inspection, a source in Hezbollah said on Tuesday. “The aircraft that crashed on the border with occupied Palestine has been transported to a safe location for inspection,” a  Hezbollah statement said describing it as a […]

Aoun defends proportional representation, says fears unjustified

President Michel Aoun  defended on Tuesday  proportional representation electoral  system stressing that endorsing it  guarantees proper representation in the upcoming parliamentary elections and  stated that fears of it  are not justified. “Our utmost priority is to stage the parliamentary elections based on a new electoral law that guarantees proper representation for all Lebanese factions,” said Aoun in a speech […]

FPM warns of ‘revolution’ if no new electoral law is adopted for coming elections

The  Free Patriotic Movement warned Monday of “ revolution” should the political forces fail to agree  on a new electoral law to replace the so called 1960  law. “Failure to pass a new electoral law that ensures correct representation will impede the entire political life in the country, because the electoral law is the pillar of political stability […]

EU reaffirms support to Lebanon’s democratic process. Urges parliamentary polls

EU foreign affairs Ministers, gathering today in Brussels for the first EU foreign affairs Council of the year, adopted conclusions reaffirming the EU support to the democratic process in Lebanon and welcoming the recent election of President Michel Aoun and the formation of a new  government led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The Council called on the […]

Bahrain executes 3 Shi’ites for killing 3 policemen. Iran, Hezbollah condemn move

Bahrain on Sunday executed three Shi’ite Muslim men convicted of killing three policemen in a 2014 bomb attack, the first such executions in over two decades, drawing condemnation from foreign officials including Shi’ite power Iran and Hezbollah Activists in the Sunni-ruled, Western-allied kingdom reacted with rage, calling it a “black day” and posting images of […]

Lebanon now practicing a more independent foreign policy, says Hamadeh

Lebanon’s Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh sounded   optimistic  over the outcome of President Michel Aoun’s visit to Saudi Arabia and stressed that the country  “is now practicing a more independent foreign policy.” “Aoun’s visits to Saudi Arabia and Qatar turned the page on ambiguities and opened a new chapter with the Arab brothers, and Lebanon is now practicing a […]

Energy: The Lebanese solar revolution

By Jil Amine Over the last five years, Lebanon has been in the midst of a solar energy revolution. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology, once considered to be expensive to install and operate, has become increasingly cost-competitive in a relatively short period of time. In late September 2016, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Decentralized Renewable […]

Cellphone and Internet fees to be reduced says minister

Lebanon Telecommunications Minister Jamal al-Jarrah revealed on Friday that cellphone and internet fees will be slashed gradually and in a “calculated manner,” noting that “a team of experts has been formed to study this issue thoroughly .” Commenting on the “Switch Off Your Line” protest that took place on Sunday, during which hundreds of thousands […]