United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon said Friday they were keeping a close eye on the southern border with Israel, but the area was "quiet" after strikes on suspected Iranian positions in Syria.Full Story
The International Support Group for Lebanon has congratulatd the Lebanese people and authorities for the completion of parliamentary elections on May 6, urging the country to agree a "defense strategy" and abide by the Baabda Declaration.Full Story
The new parliament will hold a session on May 22 to re-elect AMAL Movement leader Nabih Berri to a sixth term as Parliament Speaker, a media report said.Full Story
Lebanon has been informed by Western diplomatic sources close to Tel Aviv that Israel is not seeking an escalation on Lebanon's southern border, a media report said.Full Story
Arab Tawhid Party chief and ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Thursday held phone talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and offered condolences over the death of PSP member Alaa Abi Faraj during a clash with supporters of MP Talal Arslan.
Wahhab thanked Jumblat over his “responsible” stance regarding the incident, urging all parties to show responsibility.Full Story
Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Thursday announced that he has signed a draft law to change the name of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants to the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diaspora and International Cooperation.”
Speaking at a Lebanese expat conference in Beirut, Bassil added that he knows that his move will face “a campaign to distort” his true intention.Full Story
President Michel Aoun on Thursday urged national “solidarity” in Lebanon amid the skyrocketing tensions in Syria and the region.
“Today, more than ever, Lebanon needs further solidarity among its sons, and the national interest should come before any other personal, partisan or sectarian interest,” Aoun said in a speech at a Lebanese expat conference in Beirut.Full Story
British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter and the U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard have met Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun to discuss progress on the security of the Lebanese-Syrian border, a UK embassy statement said.
“The High Level Steering Committee was an opportunity to congratulate the Lebanese Army on maintaining peace and security after Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009, which took place on 6 May,” the statement said.Full Story
Posts for Lebanon's Hizbullah were among those hit in the unprecedented Israeli air raids in Syria overnight, a monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes targeted posts “likely belonging to Hizbullah in the southwest of the city of Homs” and “other posts for Hizbullah and pro-regime fighters in the triangle of Daraa, Quneitra and Damascus' southwest countryside.”Full Story
Debris from several missiles landed overnight in several Lebanese regions during an unprecedented military flare-up between Israeli, Iranian and Syrian forces.
“Between 3:00 and 3:45 am, and as a result of the incidents that took place in Syria, remnants and tails of missiles of unidentified types and sources landed in the outskirt of the Hasbaya town of al-Hibbariyeh, the Shebaa town of Saqiyat Wadi Janaam, and Khirbet Qanafar and Qab Elias” in the Bekaa, a Lebanese Army statement said.Full Story