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Lebanon bans Boeing 737 MAX planes from airspace

Lebanon’s aviation authority on Wednesday said it had banned all Boeing 737 MAX planes from landing in Beirut or flying in Lebanese airspace, state news agency NNA said. A circular was issued by Mohammad Shehabeddine, director of the Civil Aviation Authority at Rafic Hariri International Airport, NNA said. Source: Reuters

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Hezbollah Condemns UK Proscription as Subjugation to US

Translated by Staff, Hezbollah Media Relation   Hezbollah condemned the British decision to proscribe it on the so-called “List of Terrorist Organizations”. Hezbollah is a resistance movement against the “Israeli” occupation; and no country in the world that embraces, finances and supports terrorism has the right to accuse Hezbollah or …

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Hezbollah adament in face of US charges

Hezbollah hit back against U.S. condemnation of its role in Lebanon on Thursday, calling it a “violation of sovereignty”, after the United States expressed concern over the organisation’s expanding influence. After meeting Lebanon’s prime minister on Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador said the United States was worried about the “growing role” …

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Newly formed Lebanese government has crippling debt in its sights

Lebanon is committed to launching fast and effective reforms that could be “difficult and painful” to avoid a worsening of economic, financial and social conditions, according to a draft government policy statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The statement sets the main policy objectives of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s national …

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Hezbullah makes major gains in new Lebanese unity government

Hezbollah’s bigger role in Lebanon’s new unity government points to a growing appetite to shape state affairs and builds on unprecedented military clout the group is wielding after helping turn the tide in Syria’s war. Hezbollah’s expanding power in Lebanon reflects a deepening of Iranian influence in an arc of …

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Qatar headed to Arab economic summit

Qatar’s emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began. Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s office said on Saturday Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had informed it he would come to lead the …

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Lebanon wants Syria reinstated in Arab League

Lebanon’s Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called on Friday for reinstating Syria into the Arab League. “Syria should return to us…Syria should be in our embrace instead of throwing it into the embrace of terrorism,” he told Arab foreign and economy ministers at a summit that Beirut is hosting. Source: …

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US makes accusations against Hizbullah

The U.S. State Department criticized Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group on Monday for digging tunnels into Israel and stockpiling rockets, as Washington steps up efforts to isolate Tehran. In recent weeks, Israeli forces uncovered tunnels they said were dug by Hezbollah, and Lebanon complained about Israel’s construction of a barrier along …

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Lebanon’s Very Special Tribunal

Since its inception in 2009, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague has divided Lebanon. Up until now far over half a billion USD has been spent and the meter is still running. In the past years the STL has made no arrests, it will probably never do …

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Hezbollah brokering a compromise for Lebanese cabinet

The powerful Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah believes a solution to be “very close” for the country’s impasse over forming a new government, one of its senior officials said on Wednesday, following nearly eight months of political wrangling. Lebanese politicians have been unable to agree a new government since a general …

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Protests in Lebanon closing a number of roads

Several hundred people protested in Beirut on Sunday over the state of Lebanon’s economy and politics with some demonstrators briefly blocking several main roads in the capital. The majority of the protesters gathered near the government headquarters where some wore yellow vests echoing France’s “yellow vest” protests of recent weeks. …

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Netanyahu makes wild claims about Hezbullah missiles

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the Lebanese group Hezbollah had shut down plants to develop precision-guided missiles after Israel exposed them, and currently had at most just “a few dozen” of the weapons. There was no immediate comment from the armed, Iran-backed political organization which fought …

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Lebanon facing new government within weeks

Lebanon could have a new government this week, politicians said on Tuesday, raising hopes of an end to more than seven months of deadlock and wrangling over cabinet posts. The finance minister was quoted as saying the government will be formed within a few days if the “positive direction” continued, …

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Aoun-Hariri partnership to rescue government deadlock

The partnership between Lebanon’s president and designated prime minister, along with the national consensus, “will certainly lead to the formation of a new government, despite all obstacles,” its foreign minister said on Wednesday. Gebran Bassil, a member of President Michel Aoun’s party, was speaking at an investment conference in London …

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Border clashes as Israelis attack Lebanese

Israeli soldiers at the Lebanese border opened fire at suspected Hezbollah activists on Saturday, the military said, the first such incident since Israel launched a crackdown this week on cross-border tunnels into its territory. Lebanon said Israeli soldiers had fired in the air when they were surprised by a Lebanese …

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Israeli feeds false data to UN over Lebanon border

Israel provided no evidence of cross-border attack tunnels in a meeting with U.N. peacekeepers on Wednesday, Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said. The Israeli military launched an operation on Tuesday to “expose and thwart” tunnels into its territory which it said came from Lebanon. Israel accused Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement of …

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Educating Lebanon’s oil and gas generation

by Roudi Baroudi   It is now a very safe bet that the seabed off Lebanon’s coast and onshore Lebanon contains enormous amounts of oil and gas, and sound management of this resource could power a new era of unprecedented socioeconomic development. It’s not just scientific studies of our own …

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UN votes to keep peacekeeping force in Lebanon

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to renew for another year the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon. The measure backing the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) calls on the Lebanese government to boost its naval capabilities, with the ultimate aim of drawing down …

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