Lebanon’s former Maronite patriarch dies days before turning 99

Lebanon’s former Maronite patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, who wielded considerable political influence during the country’s civil war and was an ardent advocate of a Syrian troop withdrawal, died Sunday, the church said. Sfeir, who was about to turn 99 on May 15, died at 3:00 am (0100 GMT) “after days of intensive medical care,” said […]

Lebanon today: Saturday May 11 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: Lebanon veterans cry ‘thieves’ as leaders talk cuts to benefits Veterans protested outside the Lebanese prime minister’s office in Beirut on Friday against proposed austerity measures which would affect their end-of-services benefits and cut the pension by three percent. They burned tyres and chanted slogans calling Lebanon‘s […]

Lebanon today: Friday May 10 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: Lebanese govt decided  to raise tax on interest income despite warnings The Lebanese government agreed on Friday to raise the tax on interest payments to 10% from 7% for three years as part of the draft 2019 budget, the information minister said. The chairman of the Lebanese banking association recently […]

Lebanon today: Wednesday May 8 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: Speaker Berri denies Lebanon is ” bankrupt” Lebanon’s parliament  Speaker Nabih Berri slammed Wednesday rumors about Lebanon being on the verge of bankruptcy, National News Agency reported. “Lebanon is not bankrupt and the rumors that are being spread do not reflect reality,” Berri said during his weekly meeting with members […]

Haute Beirut: Lebanon Reinvents Itself As A Fashion Destination

  BY Stephan Rabimov Contributor “Live. Love. Lebanon.” This is a bold tourism motto for a visionary nation tucked into the most volatile corner of the Mediterranean. Lebanese sense of style has been forged by centuries of cultural exchanges between the Arab, Hellenic, Roman, Ottoman and Western civilizations. Now its designers engage in fashion diplomacy to reposition […]

Lebanon today: Tuesday May 7 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: Lebanese central bank, employees suspend strikes  Lebanese central bank workers suspended a strike on Tuesday but left open the possibility of resuming the walkout on Friday if the government presses ahead with draft budget proposals that would cut their pay. Strikes in other state-owned bodies including the power […]

Lebanon today: Sunday May 5 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today:   Foreign domestic workers in Lebanon protest abuses Hundreds of foreign domestic workers demonstrated in the Lebanese capital Sunday to demand the scrapping of a sponsorship system that they complain leaves them open to abuse from employers. Lebanon hosts more than 250,000 registered domestic workers, the vast majority […]

Lebanon today: Saturday May 4Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: UN calls on Lebanese government to disarm Hezbollah and end its Syria activities UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Lebanese government to prevent Hezbollah and other groups from owning weapons in a report issued by the UN on Friday. Guterres strongly criticized Hezbollah for operating as the most heavily […]