A man on trial for allegedly plotting attacks on Israelis in Cyprus described himself Thursday as a loyal Hezbollah member doing its bidding in Europe, but vehemently denied being part of a group preparing an attack. The trial of Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a 24-year-old Swedish-Lebanese citizen,
Right-wing leader Nicos Anastasiades has won the presidential election in Cyprus with 51 per cent of the vote, exit polls show. The polls gave 66-year-old Disy party leader Anastasiades 51.1 per cent, well ahead of main challenger Stavros Malas, 45, a British-educated independent backed by the AKEL communist party, who won 27.3 %.
Energy Minister Gibran Bassil says Lebanon will begin oil and gas exploration within two years. Bassil spoke on Friday while launching a pre-qualification process for companies that want to get licenses for oil and gas work off the Lebanese coast. “The deadline for submitting applications will be on March 28
French consultant Beicip Franlab published a report in which it estimates the reserve potential offshore Lebanon at 440 million-675 million barrels of oil and 15 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to UPI. The new oil reserves were found off Lebanon’s northern maritime boundary with Cyprus and Syria,
US security officials have warned that the terrorist threat from Hezbollah is at its highest level for 20 years. Western intelligence agencies believe that the Lebanese group is now more active overseas than at any time since the early 1990s, with attacks planned
Lebanese MP Fouad Saad told the al Jamhouriya newspaper ,that the Bulgarian accusation against Hezbollah over the bus bombing reveals the real part agenda which is threatening day after day the interests of Lebanon. He added: The economic relations with Bulgaria are well developed and Hezbollah’s role in the incident will have a negative effect […]
Cyprus and Lebanon agreed to boost cooperation and look into ways to explore gas and oil in their waters, President Michel Sleiman said Thursday. “We have given the issue of the gas and oil available in our water top priority and agreed to increase cooperation to agree on principles and sound means that would allow […]
Cyprus President Demetris Christofias will pay an official visit to Lebanon on Thursday to discuss the prospect of cooperation in the exploitation of offshore oil and gas. Christofias will hold talks with Lebanon President Michel Suleiman “to review economic issues and growth prospects
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday criticized Air France for putting the 174 passengers of a Paris-Beirut flight in harm’s way when the plane landed at Damascus airport to refuel last week.
Air France passengers on a flight which was diverted from Beirut and landed instead in Damascus were asked at one point to chip in and help pay to refuel the plane, a passenger said on Thursday.