Breaking News

23 April 2014, 17:10 Al-Jazeera: 6 Palestinians were wounded by an Israeli strike against Beit Lahia in northern Gaza.
23 April 2014, 17:09 AFP: Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza to celebrate unity deal.
23 April 2014, 16:54 Moscow stressed the need for Kiev to withdraw its troops from eastern Ukraine.
23 April 2014, 16:37 Hamas premier Ismail Haniya: The two delegations stress that the Egyptian role and Arab support will continue during the implementation of the reconciliation deal.
23 April 2014, 16:36 Hamas premier Ismail Haniya: The reconciliation panel and its subcommittees will immediately resume their mission according to what was agreed on in Cairo.
23 April 2014, 16:35 Hamas premier Ismail Haniya: The Palestinian president will be tasked with setting a date for elections, which must be held after at least six months from the formation of a new cabinet.
23 April 2014, 16:34 Hamas premier Ismail Haniya: Starting today, the president will launch consultations aimed at reaching an agreement over a cabinet line-up.
23 April 2014, 16:34 Hamas premier Ismail Haniya: We stress our commitment to what was agreed on in the Cairo deal and the Doha declaration and we consider them to be our reference.
23 April 2014, 16:29 Hamas premier Ismail Haniya announced the end of the Palestinian rift between Gaza and the West Bank.

Live News

23 April 2014, 16:57 VDL (93.3): Ahmed and Mohammed Darwish were wounded as a dispute with the Shkheidem family erupted into gunfire at the Berqayel intersection in Akkar.
23 April 2014, 15:43 The Army Command confirmed that two rockets fired from the eastern mountain range landed between the towns of Hourtaala and Brital in the Bekaa.
23 April 2014, 14:59 Al-Jadeed: MP Michel Murr voted for Geagea, while MP Nayla Tueni voted blank.
23 April 2014, 14:57 LBCI: A source close to MP Nayla Tueni confirmed that she voted for Geagea.
23 April 2014, 14:06 MPs Saniora and Adwan held a meeting to assess the first round of the presidential elections.
23 April 2014, 14:04 PM Tammam Salam lauded the election process, saying it was a reflection of the Lebanese democracy despite its results.
23 April 2014, 14:02 VDL (100.5): A cabinet session will be held on Friday afternoon at the Baabda Palace.
23 April 2014, 13:47 Al-Jadeed: A rocket landed on an area between the towns of al-Taybeh and Brital without causing damage.
23 April 2014, 13:23 Geagea: The March 14 camp has restored dignity to the presidential elections.
23 April 2014, 13:23 Geagea: We will cooperate with whichever president is elected as long as he is chosen through democratic means.
23 April 2014, 13:23 Geagea: The March 14 camp demonstrated that it can hold various consultations and end up with a unified stance.
23 April 2014, 13:20 Geagea on claims that he is a confrontational presidential candidate: Do they want a president who does not have a presidential program? Don't they want a president who has answers to Lebanon's problems?
23 April 2014, 13:19 Geagea: We will not return to old habits of choosing a president behind closed doors and through foreign interference.
23 April 2014, 13:19 Geagea: We will not acquiesce to a settlement over the elections.
23 April 2014, 13:18 Geagea: I congratulate the Lebanese people and March 14 camp on the staging of the elections. We failed in eliminating the burden on their chests, but will continue with the polls to the end.
23 April 2014, 13:16 Geagea: We will continue to the end with the electoral process until a Lebanese-elected president is chosen.
23 April 2014, 13:16 Geagea accused the other camp of seeking to obstruct the elections in order to pave the way for foreign meddling in the polls.
23 April 2014, 13:15 Geagea: I was hoping that the other camp would have resorted to honorable means to express their disdain for the elections.
23 April 2014, 13:15 Geagea: Another camp acted as if this country does not belong to them as demonstrated in the manner in which they threw about the name of martyrs.
23 April 2014, 13:15 Geagea: We saw a camp today that seeks a Lebanese state and nation.
23 April 2014, 13:14 Geagea: The March 14 camp succeeded today in relaunching Lebanese presidential elections.
23 April 2014, 13:14 Geagea: We used to see how presidential elections used to be influenced by Syrian meddling, but today was different.
23 April 2014, 13:11 LF chief Samir Geagea: We witnessed a great victory. Some sides however attempted to tarnish this victory. We have taken a big step forward.
23 April 2014, 13:10 Soaid: We will not respond to attempts to reopen civil war wounds. That era is behind us.
23 April 2014, 13:10 Soaid after presidential elections: The civil war was put behind us through a Christian-Muslim understanding.
23 April 2014, 13:05 Helou: The only solution to resolve the crises in Lebanon would be by electing a moderate candidate, who gathers everyone.
23 April 2014, 13:04 MP Henri Helou: Today's elections were democratic.
23 April 2014, 12:58 LF MP Elie Keyrouz after presidential election: The lawmakers' attendance of the session is a sign that they are performing their duties.
23 April 2014, 12:55 MP Geagea: A victory for Samir Geagea is not a victory for the LF, but a victory for a certain political approach in Lebanon.
23 April 2014, 12:55 MP Geagea: We will continue with the elections and we will attend the second round as a united camp.
23 April 2014, 12:53 MP Geagea: We were surprised with the number of blank votes. What happened to the strong candidate they were calling for?
23 April 2014, 12:52 MP Geagea commenting on votes for slain figures: Such actions were not responsible. We are aware of how these individuals were killed and voting for them is a sign of political bankruptcy.
23 April 2014, 12:51 MP Sethrida Geagea after presidential election: We sought that the March 14 camp would appear united during today's session.
23 April 2014, 12:49 FPM chief MP Michel Aoun after presidential election: We withdrew from parliament after it became clear that there is no consensus over one candidate.
23 April 2014, 12:43 Berri set the second round of the presidential election to next Wednesday.
23 April 2014, 12:42 LF chief Samir Geagea received the votes of 48 MPs while 16 lawmakers voted for Henri Helou, 1 for Amin Gemayel and 52 MPs cast blank ballots
23 April 2014, 12:34 FPM chief MP Michel Aoun will hold a news conference after the voting count ends.
23 April 2014, 12:27 A large number of MPs from the March 8 alliance withdrew from the parliament after the counting of votes began.
23 April 2014, 12:21 All 124 MPs who attended the session to elect a new president cast their ballots and the counting of votes began.
23 April 2014, 12:20 The MPs who failed to attend the session are Saad Hariri, Oqab Saqr, Elie Aoun and Khaled al-Daher.
23 April 2014, 12:14 MPs began casting their ballots .
23 April 2014, 12:09 Berri said 124 MPs attended the session.
23 April 2014, 12:07 Berri chaired the session.
23 April 2014, 12:06 Berri entered the parliament hall ahead of the session.
23 April 2014, 12:03 MP Sethrida Geagea, the wife of presidential candidate LF chief Samir Geagea, arrived in parliament.
23 April 2014, 12:02 LBCI: The French Ambassador attended the parliamentary session. He was seen taking pictures.
23 April 2014, 12:00 Al-Mashnouq: The political differences are natural but the election of a president is a must.
23 April 2014, 11:59 Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq arrived in parliament.
23 April 2014, 11:58 MP Ziad al-Qadiri: We will elect a political program. Geagea holds onto the program of the state and March 14.
23 April 2014, 11:56 LBCI: So far 101 MPs attended the session to elect a president.
23 April 2014, 11:53 MP Yassine Jaber: There are several rounds for the election of a president but the positive side of it is that there is quorum today.
23 April 2014, 11:52 PM Tammam Salam arrived in parliament.
23 April 2014, 11:47 LBCI: The two-thirds quorum of the 128-member legislature was secured after 86 MPs arrived for the session.
23 April 2014, 11:44 MP Imad al-Hout: We don't have a veto against anyone.
23 April 2014, 11:43 MP Boutros Harb from parliament: We are committed to the March 14 decision to elect Geagea. MPs should vote for the person of their choice.
23 April 2014, 11:43 Al-Mustaqbal bloc chief MP Fouad Saniora arrived in parliament.
23 April 2014, 11:41 March 14 official Fares Soaid from Maarab: Geagea is our candidate in all the election rounds.
23 April 2014, 11:40 MP George Adwan: We will fight the battle till the end. March 14 is united and today's success is the result of our unity.
23 April 2014, 11:40 OTV: Tripoli MPs held a meeting before the election session.
23 April 2014, 11:39 MP Elie Marouni: Today's candidate is Geagea. We'll see next who the candidate will be.
23 April 2014, 11:38 MP Mohammed Kabbara: I am committed to the unity of the March 14 alliance and I'll see to whom I'll vote.
23 April 2014, 11:35 Geagea from Maarab: For the first time in many years the presidential elections are serious and are made in Lebanon.
23 April 2014, 11:33 MP Nadim Gemayel: We never gave up the announcement of the candidacy of Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel.
23 April 2014, 11:31 MP Antoine Zahra: We are ready to accept the results of the elections no matter what they are. Democracy is based on competition.
23 April 2014, 11:29 MP Assaad Hardan to al-Manar: A killer shouldn't be a president.
23 April 2014, 11:27 MP Hadi Hbeish: Any Maronite has the right to announce his candidacy but we will vote for a strong president who is Geagea.
23 April 2014, 11:27 MTV: The area of al-Baraniyeh in Tripoli was blocked by residents to protest the raids carried out by the army.
23 April 2014, 11:26 MP Fadi Karam: Geagea is the candidate of the March 14 alliance. We will continue with our struggle until we bring him to the presidency.
23 April 2014, 11:20 Marada leader MP Suleiman Franjieh arrived in parliament.
23 April 2014, 11:20 MTV: MPs Mohammed Raad and Ali Ammar entered the parliament building from the side door.
23 April 2014, 11:18 MP Ghazi al-Aridi to MTV: The announcement of MP Henri Helou's candidacy was aimed at consolidating centrism. We are here to vote.
23 April 2014, 11:15 Al-Manar: Arslan said he will cast a blank ballot.
23 April 2014, 11:14 MP Alain Aoun to reporters outside parliament: The political parties will assess today's session to see what steps to take.
23 April 2014, 11:12 MP Ahmed Fatfat to reporters outside parliament: The absolute majority of Sunni MPs will vote for Geagea.
23 April 2014, 11:11 The head of the Lebanese Democratic Party, MP Talal Arslan, arrived in parliament.
23 April 2014, 11:09 National Struggle Front chief MP Walid Jumblat arrived in parliament.
23 April 2014, 11:08 FPM chief Michel Aoun is holding talks with Speaker Nabih Berri in parliament.
23 April 2014, 10:51 VDL (100.5): The army cordoned off the house of Saad a-Masri in the Nabi Yusha' area in Minyeh.
23 April 2014, 10:42 FPM chief MP Michel Aoun arrived in parliament to attend the session to elect a president.
23 April 2014, 10:13 VDL (100.5): A meeting is underway between PM Tammam Salam and Bishop Samir Mazloum.
23 April 2014, 10:00 Speaker Nabih Berri arrived in parliament to chair the session to elect a president.
23 April 2014, 09:12 Geagea's adviser Wehbe Qatisha to Free Lebanon: We extended our hand to Hizbullah but it refused to meet us and get a copy of Geagea's presidential program.
23 April 2014, 08:57 ISF arrested 67 people for committing different crimes throughout Lebanon.
23 April 2014, 08:56 VDL (93.3): Four rockets landed on al-Labweh and al-Nabi Othman in the Bekaa after midnight.
23 April 2014, 08:46 MP Atef Majdalani to VDL (100.5): Foreign countries did not put a veto on any presidential candidate, they left the choice to the Lebanese.
23 April 2014, 08:39 A Syrian was injured in a collision between a car and a motorcycle on al-Abbasiyeh-Tyre main road.
23 April 2014, 08:17 The ISF Intelligence Branch in Tyre arrested a suspect who is wanted for attempted murder.
23 April 2014, 08:16 ISF Intelligence Branch arrested a Syrian in Tyre for trading in counterfeit notes.
23 April 2014, 07:40 Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi to VDL (100.5): Kataeb party leader Amin Gemayel is a presidential candidate. The upcoming stage will determine how he will enter the presidential race.
23 April 2014, 07:29 Gasoline prices rose by LL400 and diesel prices by LL200 while gas prices decreased by LL100.
23 April 2014, 07:01 LBCI: Islamist activist Mohammed Abdullah Jomaa came under fire by gunmen in Ain el-Hilweh, but he escaped unscathed.
22 April 2014, 22:39 Al-Jadeed: Gunshots were heard during a clash between the al-Zein and al-Rashid families in the northern area of Jabal al-Beddawi.
22 April 2014, 22:36 Al-Jadeed: An army force arrived at Tripoli's al-Tal Square after a stun grenade was hurled in the area.
22 April 2014, 22:18 VDL (93.3): A stun grenade exploded in Tripoli's al-Zahriyeh while another went off near al-Tal, causing no casualties.
22 April 2014, 21:07 MTV: MPs Marwan Hamadeh, Antoine Saad and Fouad al-Saad attended March 14 coalition's meeting.
22 April 2014, 21:03 MTV: The March 14 alliance agreed after a meeting to support the nomination of LF leader Samir Geagea for presidency.
22 April 2014, 20:58 Ex-PM Miqati announced that he has agreed with MP Ahmed Karami to endorse MP Henri Helou's presidential bid.
22 April 2014, 20:38 LBCI: Tripoli MP Mohammed Safadi will take part in tomorrow's electoral session in line with the constitution and "will vote as his conscience obligates him to do, while taking into account the sensitivities in Tripoli."
22 April 2014, 20:35 VDL (93.3): The army arrested Nabil al-Nashar in Tripoli's al-Rifaiyeh street and is still searching for Ahmed Dahoud Khodr, in the wake of a personal dispute between the two that involved gunfire.
22 April 2014, 20:05 LBCI: Speaker Berri might commit to March 8's decision to cast a blank vote, although obtained information revealed that some of his bloc's MPs might vote in favor of MP Henri Helou.
22 April 2014, 20:04 LBCI: The March 8 forces, along with the Change and Reform bloc and MP Frangieh took a decision to cast a blank vote.
22 April 2014, 20:03 LBCI: PSP leader MP Jumblat delegated Health Minister Wael Abou Faour to meet with Speaker Berri and ex-PM Miqati yesterday and today, to gather votes for presidential nominee Henri Helou.
22 April 2014, 20:01 Al-Mustaqbal bloc: Geagea's presidential program reflects the principles and the core values of the 2005 revolution and of the March 14 coalition.
22 April 2014, 20:00 LBCI: Some MPs will vote in favor of FPM leader MP Michel Aoun for president during tomorrow's parliamentary session.
22 April 2014, 19:55 Future TV: Al-Mustaqbal bloc officially announced endorsing LF leader Samir Geagea in his presidential bid.
22 April 2014, 19:54 LBCI: Hizbullah and AMAL Movement will also cast blank votes.
22 April 2014, 19:46 As Safir newspaper: Ex-PM Miqati and MP Ahmed Karami will vote in favor of presidential candidate Henri Helou.
22 April 2014, 19:30 An Intelligence Bureau patrol arrested the Palestinian fugitive A. O., 29, in the Tyre area of al-Maashouq.
22 April 2014, 19:21 LF leader Samir Geagea telephoned Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel to thank him for his bloc's support to his presidential bid, adding that both parties have always shared the same path.
22 April 2014, 18:26 Kataeb bloc: The party is working on bolstering the unity of the March 14 alliance to help it in the electoral process to ensure Geagea's victory.
22 April 2014, 18:25 The Kataeb bloc announced that it will take part in Wednesday's parliamentary session and that it will elect LF leader Samir Geagea as president.
22 April 2014, 17:45 Jumblat: This nomination is not aimed at maneuvering.
22 April 2014, 17:43 Jumblat: MP Henri Helou has his Christian representation.
22 April 2014, 17:43 Jumblat: I emphasize on the approach that was established by President Michel Suleiman, which is supporting the Baabda Declaration.
22 April 2014, 17:41 MP Henri Helou: A strong president would be one who can gather the Lebanese, not a confrontational president; a president who can talk to all the Lebanese, not half of them.
22 April 2014, 17:39 MP Henri Helou: The candidates are not important, but rather the rescuing of the country. I'm not interested in the post but rather in rescuing the country and the approach of openness and moderation.
22 April 2014, 17:38 MP Henri Helou: My nomination is not a maneuver and we have no solution other than openness. We call on everyone to take part in tomorrow's electoral session so that we can return to the approach of dialogue.
22 April 2014, 17:37 MP Henri Helou: A strong president is one who can gather all Lebanese around the dialogue table and this is the approach adopted by Walid Beik's and the starting point for the coming period.
22 April 2014, 17:36 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued new arrest warrants for Salim Jamil Ayyash, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, Hassan Habib Merhi, Hussein Hassan Oneissi and Assad Hassan Sabra, following the Prosecution’s submission of a consolidated indictment.
22 April 2014, 17:36 MP Henri Helou: We are seeking openness towards everyone and I have an ambition to restore dialogue and partnership among everyone.
22 April 2014, 17:35 Jumblat: We are proud to announce this nomination and we will never cast a blank vote. We pride ourselves with this unifying candidate whose openness and moderation are well-known.
22 April 2014, 17:34 Jumblat: The Democratic Gathering has been revived and it nominates Mr. Henri Helou for the presidency.
22 April 2014, 17:34 Jumblat: The Democratic Gathering has been revived with all its members and we're one family again.
22 April 2014, 17:33 Jumblat: I wish they had implemented the self-dissociation policy as we would've spared the country the booby-trapped cars.
22 April 2014, 17:33 Jumblat: I salute ex-PM Najib Miqati, with whom we took part in a cabinet that was described as Hizbullah's government, but we managed to impose a certain centrist policy, which has produced Suleiman and Miqati.
22 April 2014, 17:32 Jumblat: We all took part in dialogue and laid out the groundwork on which we can build a strong and capable state, in which the decision of war and peace is in the hand of the state, and I mean the Baabda Declaration which was approved by everyone.
22 April 2014, 17:31 MP Jumblat after meeting of National Struggle Front: Arab and international circumstances had helped us in 2008 to make a settlement and we had the best political and personal ties with President Suleiman and we cannot but salute him.