- Lebanon Report: President, Prime Minister Not in Debate over Powers President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri are “not in a confrontation over powers,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday. “The ... 1
- Lebanon FPM, LF in War of Words over Syrian Refugees A war of words erupted Friday between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces over the thorny issue of the presence of Syrian refugees ... 2
Firebrand lawmaker Jamil al-Sayyed on Tuesday engaged in a verbal dispute with Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil as he addressed Parliament during a session to debate the new government's Policy Statement.
The minister said that “the state's treasury was empty and then it turned out that there were 600 billion liras and that the state did not pay the wheat farmers in the Bekaa,” al-Sayyed said, drawing a swift and angry response from Khalil, who interrupted his speech.Full Story
A Lebanese prosecutor requested a death sentence Tuesday against two Syrian men accused of the November murder of a British radio host, the National News Agency reported.
The pair, both in their twenties, were charged with the premeditated murder of Gavin Ford, a British national who had been a popular radio host in Lebanon for years.Full Story
President Michel Aoun has met with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Ján Kubiš at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri recited the Cabinet’s policy statement on Tuesday during a parliament session dedicated for a government vote of confidence.Full Story
A parliamentary session convenes on Tuesday and Wednesday dedicated to discussing the cabinet's policy statement where lawmakers will hold a government vote of confidence.
Two days of parliamentary debate had been scheduled but Prime Minister Saad Hariri has asked to limit the number of speeches in a session to be aired live on television.Full Story
Saudi royal envoy Nizar al-Aloula arrived Tuesday in Lebanon for talks with senior Lebanese officials.
“We came to congratulate over the formation of the government, which we hope will bring welfare to you, because if Lebanon rises the Arab world will rise,” al-Aloula told reporters at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.Full Story
Mount Lebanon First Examining Magistrate Nicolas Mansour on Monday issued arrest warrants against four Internal Security Forces officers and 11 ISF personnel.
The defendants are accused of “collaborating with networks for forging and circulating currency and others involved in human trafficking,” the National News Agency said.Full Story
Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Monday told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that Lebanon “respects its pledges and commitments towards the Arab and international community.”
A statement issued by Hariri's office said the Grand Serail meeting tackled the local and regional situations and the bilateral ties between the two countries and that the meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Ambassador Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia and ex-ministers Ghattas Khoury and Bassem al-Sabeh.Full Story
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks Monday with Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during an official visit to Lebanon.
The meeting was held in the presence of Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia and the delegation accompanying Zarif.Full Story
Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan on Monday stressed that there can be no solution for Lebanon's refugee crisis without a “clear and frank relation with the Syrian state.”
Arslan voiced his remarks after meeting President Michel Aoun along with Saleh al-Gharib, the new State Minister for Refugee Affairs.Full Story