A Jordanian with alleged an extremist jihadist group has admitted to the Lebanese Army intelligence that he provided military assistance to Syrian armed groups via Lebanon.
According to al-Akhbar newspaper, 43-year-old Mahmoud S. was detained 10 days ago in in the Bekaa district of Baalbek in his possession a fake identification card for a Palestinian man called Ahmed Hujeir.Full Story
The extension of parliament's four-year mandate is heading to validation this week as another lack of quorum for the Constitutional Council, which is set to discuss petitions against the extension, is expected on Tuesday.
The head of the council, Judge Issam Suleiman, has reportedly met with the three judges who have been abstaining from the meetings.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat is expected to head to Saudi Arabia capital soon to discuss the cabinet crisis, An Nahar newspaper reported on Tuesday.
According to the daily, Jumblat will discuss the cabinet standstill amid reports that he voiced support Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam's efforts to equally distribute portfolios among the March 14 coalition, the March 8 alliance and the centrists, whereby each would be represented by eight ministers.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri began his consultations to reach common ground among foes over the formation of Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam's cabinet, media reports said on Tuesday.
According to al-Joumhouria newspaper, Berri is exerting efforts to resolve the government crisis.Full Story
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati upon her arrival in Beirut Monday for talks with senior Lebanese officials.
Discussions at Miqati's Beirut residence focused on “the current situations in Lebanon and the region and ties with the European Union,” the premier's office said.Full Story
A Fatah Movement member was shot dead on Monday in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon, state-run National News Agency reported.
“Ahmed Saleh Shikhani, the bodyguard of Fatah Movement's Talal al-Ordoni, was shot dead in the Ain el-Hilweh camp at the hands of Hussein al-Tawil, a member of the group of Fatah al-Islam ex-official Bilal Bader,” NNA said.Full Story
Phalange Party MP Sami Gemayel accused Hizbullah on Monday of “gambling with the Lebanese people's fate,” urging President Michel Suleiman and the cabinet to “assume their responsibilities.”
“(Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hasan) Nasrallah has transformed Lebanon into a battlefield instead of a democratic country,” Gemayel said after the political bureau's weekly meeting.Full Story
Demonstrators briefly blocked with burning tires the Cite Sportive road in Beirut on Monday in protest at the arrest of a suspect.
“Security forces reopened the Cite Sportive road … after it was blocked by the relatives of a man from the al-Jezzini family in protest at his arrest,” state-run National News Agency reported.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat slammed on Monday the political deadlock in Lebanon given the the local and regional instability.
He wondered in his weekly editorial in the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “Aren't we better off forming a national unity government instead of waiting for magical solutions that will not be achieved in Syria?”Full Story
Hamas on Monday urged Hizbullah to withdraw its fighters from Syria, saying its involvement in that war is contributing to the "sectarian polarization" of the region.
Hizbullah should focus its efforts on fighting its arch-enemy Israel, said the Islamist Palestinian movement in a statement released in the Gaza Strip.Full Story