The Lebanese Army Intelligence has arrested a three-member drug trafficking gang in the southern town of Harouf, Voice of Lebanon radio station (93.3) reported Sunday.
It said the arrest was made at dawn Sunday.Full Story
A number of Syrian supporters of President Bashar Assad held a sit-in outside the Russian embassy in Beirut on Sunday to express their gratitude for Moscow’s support, Voice of Lebanon radio station reported.
VDL (93.3) said that security forces deployed in the area to prevent any clash with anti-Assad activists.Full Story
Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc leader MP Fouad Saniora slammed Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun on Sunday for calling on people to demonstrate against severe electricity rationing.
“What FPM chief Michel Aoun said lately is an insult to all the Lebanese,” Saniora told delegations from Sidon visiting him at his office in al-Hlaliyeh.Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said Sunday that the primary responsibility of Lebanese authorities is to guarantee an economic and social rise, urging the government to abide by the constitution.
“The economic and social rise is the basis of the rise of the state and its people and institutions,” al-Rahi said in his sermon.Full Story
Ex-Premier Saad Hariri, who was hospitalized last week following a ski accident in the French Alps, was on Sunday recovering at his home in Paris after leaving hospital a day earlier.
Hariri “left this afternoon the American Hospital in Paris, after the surgery he underwent to treat fractures in his left leg resulting from a ski accident,” said a statement released by his press office on Saturday.Full Story
The investigation of the Central Inspection Board on an energy scandal has focused on the authority that gave the orders to the refinery in northern Lebanon to deliver huge amounts of red diesel hours before the end of a one-month government subsidy, An Nahar daily reported Sunday.
It quoted sources involved in the investigation as saying that the Board’s preliminary report will be handed over to Speaker Nabih Berri and the head of the parliamentary energy committee, MP Mohammed Qabbani, on Monday for action.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman and Premier Najib Miqati discussed the electricity crisis and the procrastination in the government’s appointment of civil servants to top posts, An Nahar daily reported Sunday.
Suleiman and Miqati held talks at Baabda palace on Saturday in an attempt to set the stage for a cabinet session that is scheduled to discuss the draft 2012 state budget and electricity.Full Story
Iran has expressed readiness to provide Lebanon with 200-400 megawatts of electricity to resolve the country’s lingering power crisis, Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said in remarks published Sunday.
“Iran is ready to provide Lebanon with 200 to 400 MW which amount to 200 million kilowatt hours to 400 kilowatt hours,” Mansour told An Nahar after meeting with Iranian Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi on Saturday.Full Story
Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani condemned on Saturday the attempts by some parties to destabilize the security in Lebanon.
“We demand an end to political assassinations in Lebanon,” Qabbani stressed in a statement.Full Story
Internal Security forces thwarted an escape attempt this week by Fatah al-Islam inmates in Roumieh prison, according to media reports on Saturday.
Prisoners tried to escape from Roumieh prison Bloc B through a hole they dug in one of the cells, which apparently leads to an abandoned factory nearby, shut down after fire broke out in it two years ago.Full Story