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1 hr ago | Christian Science Monitor
The looming US-led campaign to confront the Sunni militants of the Islamic State presents a quandary for the Shiite militants of Lebanon's Hezbollah. Hezbollah, which once dubbed the US the "Great Satan," now has a shared interest with Washington in wanting to destroy IS in both Iraq and Syria.
3 hrs ago | The Daily Star
A man casts his vote during the municipal by-elections in the southern village of Bisarieh, Sunday, May 6, 2012. BEIRUT: An election watchdog said Wednesday that 10 candidates had won uncontested in the upcoming parliamentary elections, after the deadline for presenting candidacies expired Tuesday night.
7 hrs ago | The Daily Star
BEIRUT: Over 500 Lebanese people submitted their candidacies for the parliamentary elections by the Tuesday night deadline, despite the rising likelihood that the vote will not be held on time. The submissions came on the same day that Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk headed a special Central Security Council meeting to examine the security conditions in Lebanon and whether they allow the scheduled parliamentary elections to be held.
BEIRUT: The Lebanese population is one of the globe's most pessimistic about its economic future and dissatisfied with how its country is doing, says a study by a prominent American research center. published by the PEW Research Center, the Lebanese scored incredibly low in the stats about the public perception of the economy.
Families of the kidnapped soldiers protest in front of the Grand Serail during a Cabinet session in Beirut. BEIRUT: The Nusra Front threatened to kill one of the Lebanese soldiers it is holding Tuesday, an indication that Qatari-brokered negotiations to end the hostage crisis have reached an apparent deadlock.
Speaker Jihad al-Lahham also writes that one of the two American journalists beheaded by ISIS was sold to the militant group by the moderate forces. "What is called moderate opposition sold to ISIL the innocent, beheaded U.S. journalist," Lahham writes to House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.
Egyptian Mufti Sheikh Shawqi Allam meets with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail Tuesday Sept 16 2014. BEIRUT: Egyptian Mufti Sheikh Shawqi Allam will participate in the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected Lebanese Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian Tuesday, after he had arrived in Lebanon earlier in the day.
Cleo A. Noel Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Sudan, and his deputy, George Moore, were preparing to leave a reception at the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum when eight gunmen in a Land Rover stormed in to take hostages from among the guests. Within an hour, the attackers had released all but five of the captured diplomats.
In a message to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Tehran to help expedite election of a new president in Lebanon. UN special coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly submitted Ban's message to Zarif's deputy Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting in Tehran on Sunday.
File - LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during an interview on MTV, Monday, June 9, 2014. BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea Tuesday welcomed the creation of an international coalition against ISIS, stressing the importance of Lebanon's participation in the alliance against the jihadists jeopardizing regional security.
In this Sept. 15, 2014, photo, Kurdish citizens who live in Lebanon shout slogans and hold a photograph during a demonstration against militants who refer to themselves as the Islamic State, in front of the UN building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.
BEIRUT: The seventh-annual Vinifest, a riot of local wine and performances, was announced Monday, with the event to descend once more on Beirut's Hippodrome from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11. Speaking at the launch news conference, Zafer Chaoui, president of Lebanon's official wine association the Union Vinicole du Liban, paid homage to a country that he called one of the oldest wine producers in the world, where the tradition dated back to "the time of Bacchus," the Roman god of wine and intoxication. The wine trade can be traced back to at least as early as the Phoenicians, though it died out for several centuries and was revived in the mid-19th century.
BEIRUT: Lebanon is in need of close to $1 billion to finance urgent projects aimed at supporting host communities that are reeling under the increasing burden of around 1.6 million Syrian refugees, a senior Lebanese government representative told The Daily Star. Shadi Karam, the representative of the government on the steering committee of a World Bank-supervised multi-donor trust fund for Lebanon, says he expects money to start flowing into the fund now that its work mechanism has been officially ratified by the Cabinet.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a speech in Cairo, in this September 6, 2014 handout courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. REUTERS/The Egyptian Presidency BEIRUT: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed Monday to cooperate with Lebanon's allies in order to ensure the country's stability.
BEIRUT: The Lebanese Government should consider reinstating Army conscription, MP Walid Jumblatt said Monday, arguing that the move would reinforce the military during times of need. Jumblatt urged parties to adopt mandatory military service as a means of reinforcing Army reserves.
BEIRUT: Syrian special forces Monday destroyed a bridge over the Euphrates River used by ISIS to move supplies in eastern Syria, media run by Hezbollah said, a blow to the group in the swath of Syrian territory it controls near Iraq. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, said an explosion had destroyed the bridge in Deir al-Zor city that is of vital importance to ISIS as the only way for it to move into parts of the city it controls.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:14 pm
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