Aoun signals differences with Hezbollah, over Lebanon government row says it is ‘not easy’

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday the differences blocking a deal over a new national unity government were “not easy” and signaled he was at odds with his ally Hezbollah over the last outstanding issue. Five months since an election, prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri has been unable to clinch a deal on the new […]

Hezbollah throws another monkey wrench into Lebanese government formation process

Lebanon’s Hezbollah pressed a demand for one of its Sunni allies to be given a post in a new government on Tuesday as politicians sought a compromise to a standoff pitting the Iranian-backed group against prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri. Hariri, Lebanon’s main Sunni Muslim politician, is trying to clinch a deal on a national unity […]

Hariri to present Lebanon unity cabinet to Aoun in 48 hours, report

Lebanon Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is expected  to meet with President Michel Aoun in the coming 48 hours to present him with the Cabinet lineup, Lebanese media reported on Sunday. “Prime Minister Hariri is waiting for a final answer from the Lebanese Forces to his latest Cabinet offer before he meets with President Aoun either Monday or Tuesday […]

Sessions named 5 groups, including Hezbollah as the top organized-crime threats to the US

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced a new task force focusing on transnational organized crime, furthering a crackdown on crime that he said had been a Trump administration priority since Day 1. “The same day I was sworn in as attorney general, President Trump ordered me to disrupt and dismantle these groups,” Sessions said […]

Lebanon leaders expected to announce shortly the government formation decree

A  meeting between President Michel Aoun, PM-designate Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri is expected in the coming days to announce the government formation decrees, after  the progress  that was made in recent days amid concessions from several parties, al-Joumhouria newspaper  reported on Friday. Sources following up on the formation process told the daily “ The […]

Israeli warplanes violate again Lebanon’s airspace

Israeli warplanes on Thursday violated Lebanon’s airspace above Chouf District in the western province of Mount Lebanon, National News Agency (NNA) reported. Warplanes were also heard above Zahrani in South Lebanon Province at a medium altitude, NNA said. Israeli warplanes have kept violating Lebanon’s airspace in the past few months, prompting Lebanese President Michel Aoun […]

An-Nahar daily prints blank issue to protest gridlock, “This is the cry of a country”, Tueni

One of Lebanon’s leading newspapers printed a blank issue Thursday to protest the country’s long-running political gridlock and the failure to form a government five months after elections. “We are ringing the alarm bells,” Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of An-Nahar daily, told a press conference at the newspaper’s headquarters in Beirut. The issue consisted of eight […]

Aoun tells French president Govt formation is a Lebanese issue

President Michel Aoun said Friday French president Emmanuel Macron, had expressed hope that Lebanon’s government would be formed quickly , but Aoun also stressed to his counterpart  that the formation is purely the business of the Lebanese people. “President Macron would definitely like for a government to be formed in Lebanon, especially [because] the parliamentary elections were held,” Aoun […]

Recognition Award (MNC) for groundbreaking technology innovation launched in Lebanon

BEIRUT: The Maroun N. Chammas (MNC) Recognition Award launched on October 11 a commitment of funding on an annual basis and for the next ten years; $50,000 as a reward of groundbreaking technology innovation and $25,000 as a reward of excellence in sporting accomplishments. The successful Lebanese entrepreneur with activities ranging from Oil and Gas to […]