Al-Mustaqbal movement officials confirmed that President Michel Suleiman and Premier Saad Hariri were making strong efforts to hold a cabinet session immediately after New Year.
The sources told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat in remarks published Wednesday that there are now more than 500 items on the cabinet agenda and most of them are linked to people's daily lives.Full Story
Labor Minister Butros Harb ruled out on Wednesday a possible agreement between Riyadh and Damascus to resolve the Lebanese deadlock based on the current proposals.
"As if it is required to announce the total defeat of the March 14 forces in return for overcoming the crisis," Harb told Voice of Lebanon, Voice of Freedom and Dignity radio station.Full Story
As Lebanon braces for the international tribunal to issue indictments in the Rafik Hariri murder, the parents of the policeman believed to have cracked the case are hoping it will also shed light on who killed their son.
Major Wissam Eid, a top communications analyst with the police intelligence bureau, was assassinated in a January 25, 2008 car bombing outside Beirut.Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir has reportedly lauded President Michel Suleiman's latest stances and urged the Lebanese to cooperate with regional efforts to solve their country's crisis.
Suleiman is playing his consensual role, head of the General Maronite Council former Minister Wadih al-Khazen quoted Sfeir as saying.Full Story
Saudi Ambassador Ali Awad Assiri stressed on Wednesday that Lebanon's future should be decided by the Lebanese through their unity and solidarity.
Urging the Lebanese to engage in dialogue, Assiri told Voice of Lebanon radio station: "Lebanon's future should be made through the solidarity and unity of its citizens."Full Story
Vice President of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan on Wednesday called on Lebanon to cooperate to safeguard their nation.
"We are with Lebanon -- a country of coexistence and constructive cooperation, and we have to protect Lebanon, but not by force ... particularly since we are living through difficult times which require us to put hand-in-hand to bring peace to the country," he said.Full Story
Mufti of Lebanon Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani on Wednesday prayed to God to spare Lebanon sectarian strife.
"May God bless Lebanon and its people and give them wisdom in addressing the nation's issues so that they could get out of the ordeal in peace," Qabbani said.Full Story
Zajal, an old form of improvised Arabic poetry that enjoyed its heyday in Lebanon before the 1975-1990 civil war, is making a tentative comeback with thousands of fans on Facebook and YouTube.
Traditionally an emotional oratory duel between two men, zajal once drew crowds of tens of thousands who revered its artists as poets of the highest order. It also enraptured fans who sat glued to their black-and-white television sets for the shows.Full Story
International judicial sources said Special Tribunal for Lebanon Daniel Bellemare is likely to submit the indictments to pre-trial judge Daniel Fransen in January.
Pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Wednesday quoted the sources as saying that Fransen will request to examine the indictments at the Appeals Chamber to see which of the laws the STL should apply -- international law or Lebanese law.Full Story
State Minister Jean Oghassabian denied a compromise was in the works on the Lebanon crisis over the international tribunal.
"Efforts and exchange of ideas is all there is," Oghassabian said in remarks published Wednesday by An-Nahar newspaper.Full Story