Assad’s friend Gen. Tlas deserts Syria for France

Manaf Tlas, a family friend of President Bashar al-Assad and head of a unit of his elite Republican Guard, has fled Syria for France and has information about the regime that could help its opponents, the Syrian rebel army said on Friday.

Gen. Manaf Tlas, an Assad confidant defected !

Beirut, Lebanon- A commander in Syria’s elite Republican Guards, who was a member of the Damascus aristocracy and a close friend and contemporary of President Bashar al-Assad, was reported on Thursday to have fled the country and defected.

Turmoil in Syria and Egypt driving western students to the American University of Beirut

Not so long ago, Western students wanting to study in the Arab world flocked to Cairo and Damascus. But as last year’s Egyptian uprising and enduring unrest in Syria made those once-secure locales more dangerous, Americans wanting a safer semester abroad started going in larger numbers to a place long synonymous with war and danger […]

Mediterranean organizations kick off algae research project

The American University of Beirut recently announced it has partnered with researchers from the Lebanese Association for Energy Savings and for Environment (ALMEE) and researchers from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Egypt to study the possibility of producing algae-based biodiesel.

Salibi, a prominent Lebanese historian died at 82

Kamal Suleiman Salibi, a prominent Lebanese historian who taught at the American University of Beirut (AUB) for more than half a century, and an Honorary President (formerly, founding Director) of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies in Amman, Jordan, died in Beirut on Thursday aged 82, AUB announced.

AUB makes tuition and financial aid more accessible

The American University of Beirut is applying a new tuition policy for the entering undergraduate class of fall 2011. “The announcement that AUB was changing its tuition and financial aid policies prompted a strong—and mostly peaceful—reaction from many AUB students, who demonstrated on campus … and expressed their dissatisfaction in other ways as well,” the […]