Aoun tells UN: Lebanon rejects “any naturalization scheme”

President Michel Aoun stressed Wednesday in a speech at the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York that Lebanon rejects “any naturalization scheme” for the around two million Syrian and Palestinian refugees who live in the country. “We categorically reject any naturalization scheme for (Palestinian) refugees or the displaced (Syrians),” Aoun said . “I reiterate that […]

Lebanon won’t attack Israel unless it is attacked: Aoun tells Le Figaro

Lebanese President Michel Aoun was repotted as saying  that his country would not attack Israel unless it was attacked first. Aoun made the remarks in an exclusive interview conducted this week with French daily Le Figaro. “Hezbollah doesn’t play a military role inside Lebanon, and doesn’t carry out provocations along the border with [Israeli occupied territories,” […]

Aoun’s trip to New York disrupts MEA flights, 150 passengers deplaned, 100 stranded

As many as 150 passengers were deplaned from a passenger flight in Lebanon on Monday after the plane was abruptly designated to take Lebanese President, Michel Aoun and his delegation to New York. The plane belonging to Middle East Airlines (MEA), Lebanon’s national flag-carrier airline, was heading from Beirut to Cairo. Passengers were forced to […]

More pollution awaits Lebanon , after parliament passes a solid waste management law

BEIRUT, – The Lebanese parliament approved Monday the controversial solid waste management law, local media reported. The draft law allows the incineration of trash which some concerned would lead to environmental pollution and harm human health, according to independent online newspaper Elnashra. “I am sorry to hear that some members of parliament believe that Lebanon […]

CDS market signals risk of a cash crunch looming for Lebanon

The cost of insurance on Lebanese sovereign bonds has soared in recent weeks, reflecting concerns about the sustainability of the country’s debt burden as its economy slows and faces a potential cash crunch. Like many emerging markets, rising global interest rates are swelling Lebanon’s external financing costs as the economy’s growth rate slows to 1.3 […]

Suspected Hezbollah fund raiser arrested in Brazil

Brazilian police on Friday arrested a Lebanese citizen on suspicions of raising funds for Hezbollah, which the United States considers a terrorist group. Assad Ahmad Barakat, 51, was arrested on Brazil’s three-way border with Argentina and Paraguay close to the world-renown Iguazu Falls, accused of carrying fake identity documents, federal police said. “Members of the […]