PM Hariri trying to resolve Aoun, Berri crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is reportedly planning   to visit Ain el Tinah prior to  this week’s cabinet session to seek   a solution to the crisis between Speaker Nabih Berri  and president and President Michel Aoun  ,  according to media reports. The dispute  between Berri and Aoun broke out after the president and the premier signed a decree […]

Lebanese foreign minister blasted over Israel comments

Lebanese politicians on Thursday criticized Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil over a television interview in which he was shown saying that Lebanon did not have an ideological problem with Israel and was not against it having security. The comments, made to al-Mayadin television channel during a long interview on Tuesday, had just started attracting attention. Lebanon […]

How Saudi effort to orchestrate Hariri’s fall failed and backfired

Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, was summoned at 8:30 a.m. to the Saudi royal offices — unseemly early, by the kingdom’s standards — on the second day of a visit that was already far from what he had expected. Mr. Hariri, long an ally of the Saudis, dressed that morning in jeans and a T-shirt, […]

Israel violated UNSC resolution and Lebanese border 11,000 times, says Aoun

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Monday that the Israeli regime has so far violated the UN Security Council resolution 1701 and the Lebanese border 11,000 times. Aoun made the remarks in a statement released after he met with Acting UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel. “Beirut, as a response to this, is only […]

Hezbollah smuggled tons of cocaine Into the U.S. during Obama admin , report

hezbollah flags The Islamist militant group Hezbollah exploded into a major cocaine trafficker for the United States over the past decade—and it happened under former President Barack Obama’s watch to help score a nuclear deal with Iran, a report revealed Monday. Project Cassandra, a campaign launched by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008, found that the […]

Stolen ancient sculptures returned from New York, to Lebanon

New York, NY – The Manhattan district attorney announced Friday that three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as he forms a new antiquities trafficking unit that will track stolen artifacts from around the world. At a news conference in his office, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. stood by the […]

Lebanon sets May 6, 2018 date for first parliamentary vote in nearly a decade

Lebanon has set a date of May 6 next year to hold its first legislative election in nearly a decade, potentially transforming the politics of a country caught in a confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk signed a decree setting the date on Friday, allowing the vote to go ahead at […]

We don’t need foreign volunteers to defend Lebanon, says Hariri

Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Thursday that “the Lebanese know how to defend their land and sovereignty” and that “they do not need foreign volunteers under any label.” “We underscore the importance of the government’s dissociation resolution and the need to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Arab countries,” Hariri said at […]

Saudi FM: ” If Lebanon had not existed, there should have been a need to invent it”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Friday reiterated his country’s interest in a stable Lebanon and  denied that Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s  rescinding of  his resignation  was a  “defeat ”  for the kingdom , pointing out that SA will “wait and see” if the PM will be “allowed to implement his political agenda.” “We have backed PM […]

Crisis increased confidence in Lebanese economy, says Central Bank chief

Lebanon’s ability to survive the crisis sparked last month by the premier’s now rescinded resignation has increased confidence in its economy, the governor of the country’s central bank said Friday. Lebanon, chronically feared to be on the brink of default, was shaken last month by an unprecedented crisis that saw Prime Minister Saad Hariri resign […]