U.S. sanctions 3 Hezbollah leaders, including 2 members of Lebanon’s Parliament

The U.S. Treasury added three top Hezbollah figures to its list of sanctioned individuals on Tuesday, including two members of the Lebanese Parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies. It was the first time the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had designated a member of Lebanon’s […]

Don’t ruin summer, Lebanon tourism minister pleads after shootout

Lebanon’s tourism minister urged politicians on Tuesday not to wreck the country’s best tourist season in years, after a deadly shooting in a popular mountain region stirred fears of strife. Avedis Guidanian said more tourists came to Lebanon in the first half of this year than in the same period any year since 2010. But […]

Patriarch Rai: The Christian- Druze reconciliation is a treasure. Warns against ‘divisive, destructive rhetoric

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai on Sunday described the Druze-Christian reconciliation in Chouf and Aley regions of Mt Lebanon as a “treasure,”and  warned against any “divisive”, “destructive”  rhetoric. “We want to stress that Mt. Lebanon’s reconciliation is the treasure that we hold onto and that it comes before any other consideration, seeing as the country’s safety […]

Geagea: With a black heart, Bassil is taking us back 50 years with his speeches

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea slammed on Sunday the rhetoric of Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil. In an interview with Radio Free Lebanon Geagea said in reference to latest cabinet session that was adjourned after the FPM’s ministers arrived late “Bassil’s obstruction of the cabinet session to achieve narrow partisan interests is a crime […]

Lebanon insists on demarcation of maritime and land borders. Rejects Israeli blackmail

Lebanese officials have refused to come under Israeli pressure by offering more concessions in the two countries’ maritime border dispute. In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, the officials described recent remarks made by Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz as an attempt to take more concessions from Lebanon. “This will never take place because the negotiation mechanism […]

Lebanon’s Aoun affirms post-war settlement before funeral of cabinet minister’s aide

Lebanon’s president on Friday reaffirmed the reconciliation among Lebanese after the 1975-90 civil war, before the funeral of a cabinet minister’s aide killed last week as political tensions flared. “Reconciliation in the mountains is fixed and we do not want Lebanon to become a country of cantons,” President Michel Aoun tweeted. Two aides to Refugee […]

Why Lebanon is against Kushner’s deal of the century

Michal Kranz The White House released on June 22 the first half of its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the so-called deal of the century, which President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and other members of the administration had reportedly been working on since November 2017. Of the $50 billion in the economic portion of the […]

Lebanon today: Wednesday , July 3, 2019 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: 6 injured when in a Gas station explosion  in Bakhoun, Lebanon Several people were injured Wednesday as fuel tanks exploded at the al-Shahrouq station in the Dinniyeh district town of Bakhoun, the National News Agency reported The blast fully destroyed the two-story station “A gas station exploded … and the fire […]

Bassil’s tour of Mt Lebanon resulted in the killing of 2 aides of pro-Hezbollah minister

The  convoy of a Lebanese minister Saleh al-Gharib, came under attack  after leaving a meeting  with  Foreign  Minister Gebran Bassil in the town of Shemlan near Aley   resulting in the , killing of two of his guards and wounding another, in what he claimed to be  an assassination attempt.  Gharib was meeting with Bassil to  plan a  tour  of the […]

Lebanon today: Friday , June 28, 2019 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today: Lebanese finance minister says ‘matters are under control’ Lebanon’s finance minister said “matters are under control” on Thursday when asked about a Moody’s credit analysis that saw an increased risk of a debt rescheduling or default due to slowing capital inflows and weaker deposit growth. Ali Hassan Khalil […]