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Sanders: Positive U.S.-Israel Ties Contingent on Improving Relations With Palestinians

By Jacob Kornbluh, for Jewish Insider — In recently released transcript, Sanders says he would demand Israel halt settlement construction, adding that if Israel ‘want us to have a positive relationship, they’re going to have to improve their relationship with the Palestinians.’ Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at …

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“Al Arabiya” Chops Beirut Bureau

By Magda Abu-Fadil* — Director of Media Unlimited in Lebanon — It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. The ax fell hard today on the Beirut bureau of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya and Al Hadath satellite news channels: total closure. “My wife is pregnant and will deliver in a month,” said one …

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Saudi newspaper says Lebanon an April Fools’ joke

BEIRUT: Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat published a caricature in its Friday edition depicting the Lebanese state as an April Fools’ joke, provoking angry reactions by Lebanese citizens. The cartoon shows a Lebanese flag with the text “April Fools… the Lebanese state” written over it. Ali Hashem, a Lebanese journalist said …

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Protesters clash with Sukleen employees over trash plan

BEIRUT: Garbage will start to be dumped in the landfills of Burj Hammoud and Costa Brava Tuesday, said Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb, as activists and Sukleen workers clashed near the firm’s headquarters in Beirut. “Work will be finalized today in the Burj Hammoud and Costa Brava landfills and they will …

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Sukleen says undeterred by activists after Monday clash

The Daily Star BEIRUT: The waste contractor for Greater Beirut vowed Tuesday to carry on implementing the government’s latest trash plan despite protests by activists. “Does is mean if anyone is against the Lebanese government’s trash plan they have to attack Sukleen and its employees, break the equipment and raid …

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WOMEN, WATER AND PEACE: SFG Conference

The Levant News — Istanbul – Turkey: More than 50 opinion makers and policy makers from the Middle East came together to discuss linkages between women, water and peace in a conference hosted by Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) and MEF University in co-operation with Sida on 18th and 19th March …

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The Compulsion of Water Cooperation

The Levant News — By Danilo Turk and Sundeep Waslekar — Since last September when the United Nations declared water as a sustainable development goal, a number of countries have intensified efforts to promote water cooperation with their neighbouring countries. The Middle East is missing in this action. For decades, …

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Russia agrees to accept Lebanon trash

BEIRUT: Britain’s Chinook Urban Mining International has obtained Russia’s approval to take in Lebanon’s trash, head of the Council for Development and Reconstruction Nabil al-Jisr was quoted as saying Friday. He said CDR will thoroughly examine the firm’s file on Tuesday before referring it to the Cabinet. “Chinook filed a …

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Army hammers militant posts on e. Lebanon border

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Tuesday pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeast Lebanon border town of Ras Baalbek. The state-run National News Agency reported that the Tuesday morning shelling came from the nearby village of Marabda in the northern Bekaa Valley. No casualties were …

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Lebanon’s ‘shortsighted’ policy harms Syrians: HRW

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon’s entry restrictions for Syrian nationals are preventing many refugees from renewing their residency permits and putting them at enormous risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. “Lebanon’s shortsighted policies are setting the stage for a potentially explosive situation,” deputy Middle East director …

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New passports to survive biometric age

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: General Security announced Friday that citizens would not be reimbursed for the cost of new passports, adding that the newly issued passports will not be annulled by the forthcoming biometric passports. “The problem lies with people who have renewed their passport for five years and …

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Rain, wind destroy refugee tents in north Lebanon

THE LEVANT NEWS — TRIPOLI, Lebanon/BEIRUT: Heavy rainfall flooded hundreds of Syrian refugee tents in north Lebanon Friday, as stormy weather destroyed property and blocked roads in other parts of the country. Strong winds that reached up 80 km/h in the northern district of Akkar also damaged tents across an …

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Hezbollah attacks Israeli patrol in Shebaa Farms

THE LEVANT NEWS — Hezbollah set off a bomb in an Israeli armored patrol in the occupied Shebaa Farms Monday, sparking Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon, in what appeared to be a limited escalation on the volatile border region that has remained largely quiet since 2006. “A group of martyr …

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Assir trial adjourned to April

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Lebanese military court Tuesday postponed to April 24 the trial of notorious Salafist preacher Ahmad Assir to give his lawyers time to prepare a defense. A judicial source told The Daily Star that Military Court chief Brig. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim announced the trial delay after …

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Hezbollah claims responsibility for Shebaa Farms attack

THE LEVANT NEWS — A large explosion has reportedly targeted Israeli forces in the Shebaa Farms near the southern Lebanese borders. Hezbollah issued a statement claiming its responsibility for the attack. According to Lebanon’s al-Manar television, a resistance group called Samir Qantar has claimed responsibility for the blast in the …

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3 tons of Egypt-bound drugs discovered in Beirut port

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Customs officials Tuesday discovered three tons of Captagon pills and hash at the Beirut port destined for Egypt, Lebanon’s finance minister said. In a televised news conference from the port, Ali Hasan Khalil praised the Customs Department over the massive bust, without saying if anyone …

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Hezbollah says ‘ethically’ committed to Aoun

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Hezbollah is ethically committed to supporting the presidential bid of its ally MP Michel Aoun, a top party official said Tuesday after talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki. “Politics is about ethics, not lying… We cannot give up on our commitment of supporting …

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