Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, including Lebanon, reports said Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta.
Other countries affected by the ban are Saudi Arabia -- a major destination for Indonesian maids -- United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran and Egypt.Full Story
Prime Minister Tammam Salam called on ministers on Monday to deal with the possible extension of the terms of high-ranking security officials with responsibility and above all interests.
He stressed in comments published in As Safir newspaper that the extension remains a better choice than vacuum, saying: “We will not bargain on stability... each minister will carry out the necessary steps to prevent vacuum in all posts.”Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri has warned that the paralysis of the parliament was harming Lebanon's national security and threatening its internal stability.
Blocking legislation leads to political and constitutional problems but also threatens the country’s national security, and ways to protect it and consolidate its stability, said Berri in remarks published in As Safir daily on Tuesday.Full Story
A Papal envoy will arrive in Beirut at the end of May to press forward the election of a new head of state amid the sharp rift among the political arch-foes over a consensual candidate.
Local newspapers reported on Tuesday that the Vatican’s dispatched envoy comes in light of Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi's recent visit to Paris, where he met with French President Francois Hollande.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun is expected to deliver a speech on the occasion of the century-old tragedy of the devastating famine that left 150,000 and 200,000 people.
Al-Liwaa newspaper quoted sources as saying on Tuesday that Aoun's speech at Le Royal Hotel in Dbayeh will not include political stances.Full Story
Head of al-Mustaqbal Movement and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to head to Moscow next week for talks with prominent leaders.
During his three-day official visit to Russia, Hariri will meet with President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov and other senior officials.Full Story
Lebanon is rediscovering a century-old tragedy that most had forgotten -- a devastating famine, caused by blockades and a locust infestation, that killed a third of its population.
From 1915 to 1918, in the midst of World War I and before modern-day Lebanon existed, between 150,000 and 200,000 people died of malnutrition and disease, according to estimates by historians.Full Story
Al-Mustaqbal movement and Hizbullah on Monday underscored the need to maintain the continuity of state institutions as they evaluated the security situation in the country.
“The discussion was continued over the open issues and the security situation in the country was evaluated,” the two parties said in a joint statement issued after their eleventh dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh.Full Story
Some cable TV providers are supposed to appear Tuesday before investigators after the local TV networks filed a lawsuit accusing them of violating several laws.
“State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud has referred to the central criminal investigations department a lawsuit filed against some companies and individuals by the local TV networks NBN, OTV, al-Manar, LBCI, TL, MTV, Future and al-Jadeed,” state-run National News Agency reported.Full Story
The Kataeb Party on Monday warned of possible assassinations plots against Lebanese leaders and foreign ambassadors, following media reports about alleged plots to assassinate top figures in the southern city of Sidon and Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri.
“The party warns of the new assassination plots which are not only targeted against Lebanese leaders but also against prominent diplomatic figures,” Kataeb's political bureau said in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.Full Story