Lebanese Protesters Block Roads Over Economic Meltdown
BEIRUT: Demonstrators blocked roads across parts of Lebanon on Monday in protest at the country’s economic meltdown, days after its currency sank to new lows. There has been little progress since Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government was appointed in September after more than a year of political deadlock. Roads... Read more
Lebanon’s President In Qatar For Talks Over Gulf Crisis
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s president arrived in Qatar Monday for the opening ceremony of an Arab soccer tournament amid — and for talks on an precedented diplomatic crisis between Beirut and oil-rich Gulf nations. President Michel Aoun’s face-to-face meetings with the emir of Qatar and other Qatari officials come as Lebanon... Read more
Kuwait Detains 18 Suspected Of Financing Lebanon’s Hezbollah — Media
CAIRO: Prosecutors in Kuwait have detained 18 people suspected of financing Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, the newspapers Al-Qabas and Al-Rai reported on Thursday. Al Qabas said the prosecution ordered the detainees to be held at the central prison for 21 days while investigations continue into alleged “membership... Read more
Aoun’s Party Appeals Against Lebanese Election Law Amendments
BEIRUT: Just 72 hours before the deadline for expatriates to register to vote in the Lebanese parliamentary elections currently scheduled for March 27 next year, President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement party on Wednesday lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Council over amendments to electoral law recently approved by... Read more
Lebanese PM Visits Saudi Arabia’s Pavilion at COP26 Amid Gulf Row
BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati visited Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference, amid attempts to ease the diplomatic and economic fallout triggered by a government minister’s remarks on the war in Yemen. Mikati was received at the pavilion by the Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK,... Read more
Lebanese Parliament Confirms Holding Parliamentary Elections on March 27
BEIRUT: The Lebanese parliament voted on Thursday to hold legislative elections on March 27, confirming an earlier vote last week that had been challenged by President Michel Aoun. The body originally voted on Oct. 19 to hold the election at that time but President Aoun sent the law back... Read more
Saudi Arabia Issues Calming Statement As Lebanese Tensions Rise Over Port Explosion Case
BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed Bukhari told Lebanese religious figures on Tuesday that the Kingdom “cares for Lebanon’s security, stability, institutions and co-existence between Christians and Muslims.” The Saudi embassy’s media office said: “There is no legitimacy for the discourse of strife, nor for one that goes... Read more
Lebanon Top Politicians Agree Solution To Political Tensions, Cleric Says
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s top Christian cleric on Tuesday said the country’s three leading politicians agreed to a “solution” to political tensions and government paralysis tied to high-profile judicial investigations. “There is a constitutional and legal solution to the current crisis,” Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai said during a news conference... Read more
Lebanese Judge Charges 68 Over Deadly Beirut Clash
BEIRUT: A Lebanese judge has charged 68 people in this month’s deadly clash in Beirut that left seven people dead and dozens wounded, the state news agency reported Monday. The clash south of Beirut on Oct. 14 was the worst fighting in the capital in years and broke out... Read more
Lebanon’s Hezbollah Warns Israel Against Drilling in Disputed Maritime Border Area
BEIRUT: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Friday warned Israel against drilling for oil and gas in the disputed maritime border area between the two countries until the issue is resolved, and said the Iran-backed group would take action if it did so. “If the enemy thinks they can... Read more