Lebanon’s parliament passes 2019 austerity budget

The parliament of Lebanon approved a 2019 austerity budget on Friday in an attempt to rescue an economy that is crumbling under massive debt and unlock billions of dollars in international aid, state media reported. The vote came nearly two months after the cabinet approved the budget, which is expected to trim Lebanon’s deficit to 7.59 percent […]

Unidentified aircraft targets IRGC and Hezbollah military camp in Iraq

An unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shiite paramilitary groups the so called al Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units)   in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least one person, the army and paramilitary sources said. The Iraqi military said in a statement a drone had dropped a grenade onto the base […]

Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi quits Lebanon parliament after shooting incident

Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi  resigned from the Lebanese Parliament on Thursday, days after he denied  shooting  his son-in-law at a police station. According to local media reports Hezbollah asked him to resign Musawi’s resignation comes months after Hezbollah temporarily suspended his participation in Parliament due to comments he made about President-elect Bachir Gemayel, who was assassinated in […]

Lebanon exempts Palestinians from new foreign labour law

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced yesterday that Palestinians are not being included in restrictions placed on foreign workers in the country. Calling on Minister of Labour Kamil Abu Sleiman to make a formal announcement on the matter, Berri said: “We are witnessing the repercussions of the decision of the Minister of Labour on Palestinian […]

Lebanese fishermen may finally be able to supply decent fresh fish, thanks to UK aid

Inauguration of the “Rehabilitation and Equipping the Jiyeh Fishermen Port and Construction of a Fish Market and Facilities” project funded by UKaid When the impossible becomes possible! Through this project, I am now able to support my family and give them a better life,” said fishermen Wafic El Sabra. 72 fishermen are now able to […]

Hariri :We are committed to develop Lebanon’s maritime capabilities

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri renewed his commitment to UN Security Council Resolutions 1701 and 2433, which stipulate that Lebanon should develop a plan for the enhancement and development of its maritime capabilities. Hariri visited on Monday the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force (MTF) at the Beirut Port. He was welcomed by UNIFIL Head of Mission […]

Saudi Arabia pledged to support indebted Lebanon, say ex-PMs after meeting king Salman

Saudi Arabia is preparing to support Lebanon through its economic challenges, three Lebanese ex-premiers indicated after meeting Saudi King Salman in Jeddah on Monday. After years of backsliding, heavily indebted Lebanon faces financial crisis without economic reforms to put public finances on a sustainable footing, its leaders say. Parliament is due to vote this week […]

Why people in Lebanon are turning on their politicians

By Jane Ferguson On a sunny afternoon in mid-June, several hundred students and lecturers from the Lebanese University, in Beirut, gathered in a square outside the Prime Minister’s office. Some stood on top of a pickup truck loaded with loudspeakers, leading chants against proposed government budget cuts to the university. “We want to continue our […]

Hezbollah MP denied shooting his ex son-in-law at police station

A leaked police report says a Lebanese lawmaker from the Hezbollah group and a dozen gunmen attempted to storm a police station in  Damour south of Beirut following a family dispute involving a high-speed car chase. Nawaf Musawi’s daughter and her ex-husband were inside the police station Sunday south of Beirut, following the previous night’s car […]

Hezbollah chief sides with Arslan against Jumblatt

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah  stressed on Friday  that his party “stands by its ally” MP Talal Arslan. As for the relation with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt: “We did not err against Jumblat; he is the one who started the problem with us when he spoke about the weapons.” , Nasrallah said. He was commenting […]