Former MP and minister Robert Ghanem, 77 mourned by politicians

Lebanese politicians Sunday mourned the loss of former MP and minister Robert Ghanem, who died this weekend after a heart attack, according to the state-run National News Agency. He was 77. Ghanem, the son of late Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Iskandar Ghanem was born in the Western Bekaa town of Saghbine. He served in the […]

Maduro’s ouster will have a negative impact on Hezbollah in Venezuela

BY COLIN P. CLARKE Responding to a question on current instability in Venezuela and the presence of terrorist groups in the region, specifically Lebanese Hezbollah, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in a recent interview that the Trump administration believes that the “Party of God,” as Hezbollah is known, maintains “active cells” in Venezuela. […]

UN urges Lebanon’s parties not to back foreign conflicts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on all Lebanese parties Friday to implement a policy disassociating themselves from any external conflicts “as an important priority,” a statement that appears clearly aimed at Hezbollah which has sent fighters to Syria.The council also reiterated its call for implementation of its resolutions which “require the […]

Israeli move threatens Lebanon’s oil wealth: Lebanon’s Berri

Lebanon’s parliament speaker said on Thursday an Israeli move to license energy exploration near a disputed maritime boundary threatened to drain Lebanese oil wealth before its own drilling had started. Nabih Berri on Wednesday accused Israel of breaching Lebanese waters by licensing a company to exploit the area. Asked about the accusation, Israel’s foreign ministry […]

Indebted Lebanon commits to reforming state finances

Lebanon’s new government on Thursday approved a policy statement committing to reforms that are seen as critical to putting the heavily indebted state’s finances on a sustainable path. The statement sets the main policy objectives of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s national unity government, formed last week after nine months of wrangling over cabinet portfolios. A […]

Renault probes gift from Versailles chateau to ex-CEO Ghosn

Renault said Thursday it would inform investigators that its former chief Carlos Ghosn, who is being held in Japan on allegations of financial misconduct, personally benefited from a corporate sponsorship deal. The latest allegations concern Ghosn‘s lavish marriage at the Chateau de Versailles outside Paris in October 2016. According to a report in the Figaro […]

Israel violating water borders in oil exploration, says Lebanon’s Speaker Berri

Israel has breached Lebanon’s waters by licensing a company to “exploit an area” for oil and gas near disputed borders, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday. The two countries have an unresolved maritime border dispute over a sea zone of about 860 sq km (330 square miles) which extends along the edge of […]

Lebanon names 1st female Arab minister in charge of security

Lebanon’s new interior minister assumed her post Wednesday, becoming her country’s and the Arab world’s first female official in charge of powerful security agencies. Raya El Hassan welcomed the challenge, saying Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri put his trust in her and gave her “this big responsibility.” “As the first female minister of interior, I […]

Lebanon seeks funds from more allies after Qatar’s $500 million

Lebanon is in talks with allies to secure financial backing that would help it manage one of the world’s biggest debt burdens after Qatar pledged to buy government bonds worth $500 million. The support could come in the form of deposits or a purchase of Lebanese Eurobonds at reduced interest rates, Nadim Munla, senior adviser […]

Hariri tells Jumblatt: We want to rescue the state

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday responded to Progressive Socialist Party leader  Walid Jumblatt’s criticism by  stressing that he aims at rescuing  the state from collapse by sending  the guardians of corruption to retirement “Certainly the state is not our property, but it also does not belong to any leader or party. Our project is clear and aims to rescue the […]