Lebanon labelled Israeli bill redefining its maritime border a ‘declaration of war’

Lebanese politicians have reacted with anger over a proposed Israeli parliament bill which would redraw the current highly sensitive maritime border with Lebanon. The move comes after Lebanon’s government – formed at the end of 2016 after two years of political deadlock – recently advertised commercial tenders for oil and gas exploration in the same stretch of the Mediterranean. This […]

U.S. charges Lebanese businessman with sanctions busting

U.S. authorities charged a Lebanese businessman with evading sanctions placed against him because of his alleged support for the Hezbollah militant movement. Kassim Tajideen, 62, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, and will be held in jail until a detention hearing next week, the Justice Department said in a statement. […]

Hezbollah’s Badreddine killed by his own men: Israeli army chief

Israel has concluded that Hezbollah’s top military commander was killed in Syria last year by rivals within the Shiite militant group, Israel’s military chief said Tuesday. The explosive announcement was the latest sign of an escalating feud between Israel and Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed group sworn to Israel’s destruction. Israel considers Hezbollah to be a potent […]

PM Hariri officially requests Egypt’s help in training the Lebanese military

Lebanon has officially requested Egypt to provide training to the Lebanese military, Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri told Egyptian state-owned news agency MENA in an interview published on Thursday. In the interview, conducted on Wednesday as part of his official visit to Cairo, Hariri  said he had presented the request during a meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel […]

Lebanese TV reporter Maria Maalouf being sued over Hezbollah murder incitement

A number of Lebanese lawyers filed lawsuits Monday against television reporter Maria Maalouf accusing her of inciting murder against Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah by Israel via airstrike. In an initial tweet, Maalouf said that if Israel really wanted to see peace in the region, it ought to arrive at some sort of agreement with […]

Lebanese protest against parliament’s proposed tax hikes

By Ellen Francis | BEIRUT Protesters in central Beirut hurled empty water bottles at Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Sunday when he tried to calm hundreds of people rallying against proposed tax hikes. Carrying placards and banners, around 2,000 people flooded Riad al-Solh square to protest against tax hikes that parliament is considering to […]

Lebanon’s Jumblatt affirms son as political heir

Lebanon’s main Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, on Sunday publicly confirmed his son Taymour as his political heir, extending the tradition of dynastic politics that plays a big part in the country’s sectarian government. Jumblatt, the leading politician of the minority Druze community, took off his Palestinian koufieh scarf and placed it on the shoulders of […]

Mashnouq expects ‘ a brief extension’ for parliament as no deal on electoral law is in sight

Lebanon Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said Tuesday after a meeting  in Maarrab  that there is no deal on a  new electoral  law in sight before the expiry of the deadlines, stressing  that an  extension of the parliament’s term will be needed but will be  “brief” and for technical reasons. “The meeting is part of the consultations with the leader of […]

Aoun’s Hezbollah stance damaging Lebanon relations with GCC countries

The Lebanese ambassador in The United Arab Emirates has reportedly been summoned in Abu Dhabi by the Foreign ministry to protest statements made by President Michel Aoun about the need for Hezbollah’s arms to back the Lebanese army, al-Akhbar daily which is closely linked to Hezbollah and the Syrian regime reported on Tuesday. UAE’s foreign […]