Nigerian police arrests suspected kidnappers of a Lebanese businessman

Four suspected kidnappers of an Ibadan-based Lebanese  businessman were on Thursday paraded by the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Police. Others  paraded included  a 50-year-old suspected ritualist, who was allegedly  nabbed with a human skull, as well as a  dismissed soldier  and his  accomplice  arrested for robbery. Also arrested were  a polytechnic student  and  […]

Lebanese army asserts it’s independence from Hezbollah, dismisses Israeli DM’s remarks

A Lebanese military source on Tuesday rebuffed claims by Israel’s defense minister Avigdor Liberman that the Lebanese Army is controlled by the Hezbollah terror group, saying such a statement “cannot be taken seriously,” Israeli media reported on Wednesday Liberman on Tuesday said the next war in Israel will see the Israel Defense Forces fighting against […]

Carlos Ghosn has Zero interest in becoming a Lebanese politician |Q&A |

*By Thomas Schellen Carlos Ghosn, who is Brazilian-Lebanese, is the chairman and chief executive of the French automotive group Renault, chairman and chief executive officer of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, and chairman of the board at Nissan Motor Corporation. During a recent visit to Lebanon, he participated in the launch of a real-estate project that will […]

Peretz’s visit to Morocco stirred outrage over his war crimes in Lebanon, video

This video circulated widely on social media shows Amir Peretz, Israel’s former defense minister, being protested in the Moroccan parliament on Sunday during a visit to his country of birth. In the video, Peretz can be seen standing as a man wearing a scarf with Palestinian colors around his neck repeatedly calls out “He is […]

US offers $12 mln bounty for the capture of 2 Hezbollah leaders

The US has offered a total of $12 million in rewards for the capture of two senior Hezbollah officials, saying the Iranian-backed group is plotting attacks inside the US. The announcement comes as Washington mulls canceling the Iran nuclear deal. A $7 million bounty applies to Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah’s external operations. Another $5 […]

“We are racists” Lebanon FM says in comments on Syrian Refugees

Free Patriotic Movement leader and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil stressed on Sunday that the FPM will not tolerate the creation of Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. “We will not tolerate today what we had resisted in 2011, which is the creation of Syrian refugee camps,” Bassil emphasized during a tour of the Western Bekaa region. […]

Voters to use their IDs, passports in elections, says Berri

Lebanon Speaker Nabih Berri said that voters will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming parliamentary elections using their identity cards or passports for identification , pointing out that there will be no prior registration of voters, al-Joumhouria daily reported Monday. “Things seem to have been settled. There will be no prior registration […]

Diplomatic wrangling mars race for UNESCO’s top job

The race to head the United Nations’ education and culture agency has descended into a fierce battle that appears to have more to do with countries’ diplomatic clout than with their candidates’ respective credentials. On Monday, the 58 members of UNESCO’s executive board embarked on a week-long voting process to pick a successor for outgoing […]

Lebanon passes disputed tax hikes to fund public sector pay rise

Lebanon’s parliament approved contentious taxes needed to finance a public sector pay rise on Monday and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri warned the alternative was a collapse of the Lebanese pound in six months. “Without taxes it would have been better in popular terms, but six months later the lira would have collapsed,” Hariri said after […]