Interior Minister Marwan Charbel stressed on Friday that travel warnings for Lebanon issued by Western embassies are routine procedures that don’t imply a dangerous situation in the entire country.
In remarks to al-Joumhouria daily, Charbel said the warnings “don’t mean that the situation in Lebanon as a whole is under threat.”Full Story
A meeting that brought together the two foes, former Premier Omar Karami and al-Mustaqbal bloc leader Fouad Saniora, came out with no result after they expressed conflicting viewpoints on the funding of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Saniora stressed after the meeting in Beirut on Wednesday the importance of funding the STL, stating that it is a “debt on Lebanon.”Full Story
Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas was on Friday drafting the decree of wage hikes approved by the cabinet earlier in the week despite opposition by the General Labor Confederation and the Economic Committees.
Nahhas told As Safir daily he was obliged in accordance with the law to prepare the decree as called for by the government although the ministers of the Change and Reform bloc rejected it.Full Story
Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji’s visit to Washington did not result in any change in the United States decision to halt military assistance to the Lebanese army, As Safir newspaper reported on Friday.
The relations between the U.S. and Lebanese army “are strong and we support the funding of the aid program to the Lebanese army,” a source in at the State Department told the daily.Full Story
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat held talks on Thursday night in what sources said was a coordinated meeting ahead of the Druze leader’s expected interview with al-Manar.
Hizbullah’s TV station said the two officials discussed the latest developments but a source close to the two parties told al-Liwaa newspaper that the meeting and Jumblat’s TV appearance on Friday night are part of coordinated joint stances.Full Story
The March 14-led opposition is preparing for a “general national conference” next month in the light of the results achieved by the “Lady of the Mountain” gathering scheduled for Oct. 23, An Nahar newspaper reported on Friday.
The conference will determine a broad vision on the upcoming stage in Lebanon and the region.Full Story
Two people were killed in a clash between Jaafar and Rifai Families in Sharawineh Neighborhood in Baalbak on Thursday.
According to NNA, a person from Jaafar family was shot dead as youths from his family were trying to kidnap a youth from Rifai family in Sharawinah neighborhood in Baalbek, while a ten year old child was killed by stray bullets.Full Story
Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun stressed on Thursday that "all countries who attempted to put its hands on Lebanon are being punished today."
During the October 13,1990 Memorial, Aoun said that the Free Patriotic Movement is "determined to continue on the martyrs' path which had been entrusted to them", adding that "we will never bow down to any intimidation."Full Story
Several embassies have tightened travel warnings for Lebanon, advising their nationals to avoid parts of the country due to unrest in neighboring Syria and the kidnapping of a group of Estonians.
The British embassy now advises its nationals to avoid travel to Lebanon's eastern and southern borders with Syria following incursions by Syrian troops into the country.Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stated on Wednesday that one cannot boast of his power if he lives in closed security zones.
He said: “Administrative, judicial, and military institutions alone can protect citizens.”Full Story