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Lebanon army raids nightclub, 8 killed

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: An exchange of fire Monday between the Lebanese Army and drug dealers at a north Lebanon nightclub left two soldiers and six others dead, the military and a security source said. A sergeant-major, a soldier, four suspects and two women were killed during the early …

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World Bank plans financial aid for Syria’s neighbours

The Levant News — The World Bank is trying to put together a package of financial assistance for countries hosting refugees from Syria. Bank officials say there is a substantial financial burden being borne by Lebanon and Jordan. They are discussing help from rich countries and from Gulf nations. They say …

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Protests turned BCD into ghost town

The Levant News — Lebanon’s business community reiterated calls to end the anti-government protests in Beirut Central District, warning that these actions have turned the area into a ghost town. Source: The Daily Star

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Russia Seeks to Strengthen Lebanese Army to Fight ISIL

The Levant News — Russia strengthens its alliance with Middle Eastern countries and provides the Lebanese army with military equipment, media reported. Russia wants to promote modernization of the Lebanese armed forces and law enforcement agencies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday at a meeting of the Lebanon Support …

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Lebanon soldiers injured in mortar attack in Ras Baalbek

The Levant News — A mortar round has hit a Lebanese army base close to the Syrian border, leaving five soldiers injured, a military source says. The source, whose name was not released, told AFP that the soldiers “were wounded after a mortar shell landed inside their base” in Lebanon’s northeastern …

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Lebanese Protests Continue

A protester holds a ball to be thrown towards a blocked street leading to the parliament building, where the third session of the national dialogue talks aimed at discussing ways out of a political crisis is taking place, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon Sept. 22, 2015.  

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A Call For Sustainable Solutions To Lebanon

The Levant – – More than 1,000 people marched Sunday from the eastern Beirut suburb of Burj Hammoud to the capital’s Central District in a largely peaceful demonstration against Lebanon’s political elite and to call for sustainable solutions to the country’s two-month-old garbage crisis. Source: Dailystar

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Russian Ambassador in Lebanon: Hezbollah’s Fighting Alongside Syrian Government Forces Is Legitimate

The Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin - The Russian embassy is one of 113 foreign representations in Lebanon, and one of 102 foreign representations in Beirut.

The Levant – – Where it is fighting alongside government forces, Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian conflict is legitimate, Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in comments published on Tuesday. “The party (Hezbollah) will remain engaged in the fight to aid the legitimate regime as long as fighters from …

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ISIS fights for its window to the Mediterranean

by Esperance Ghanem – Translated by Sami-Joe Abboud- Source: Al-monitor — THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT — A great part of the Syrian province of Homs has fallen into the hands of the Islamic State (IS) following the fall of Palmyra. Amid these developments, Lebanon is focusing on Homs. Meanwhile, …

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Iran nuke deal good for Lebanon, region: Berri

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expressed his belief that an Iranian nuclear deal could help pave the way to ending major conflicts in the Middle East, and the presidential vacuum in Lebanon. “I expect the first fruits to be a relief to the Yemen crisis as …

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Syrian War Takes Rising Toll on Hezbollah

by DAN DE LUCE FOR FOREIGN POLICY — THE LEVANT NEWS — The powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia is suffering mounting battlefield casualties in neighboring Syria, as Tehran’s most important proxy plunges ever deeper into a potential quagmire. With Hezbollah increasingly shouldering the burden of the war on behalf of Syrian …

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Jumblatt says Lebanon needs a leader like Greece’s Tsipras

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Praising the Greek people’s Sunday rejection of European creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for a loan, Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said his country could use someone like Greece’s premier to tackle its own economic problems. “Greece’s step is huge and …

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Hezbollah, Syrian army storm Zabadani

The Levant News — BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV announced Sunday that the group’s fighters along with the Syrian army entered Zabadani, capturing an area west of the strategic Syrian Qalamoun town. The news comes after the allied forces had attacked the town, held by Syrian rebels, with mortars, rockets and …

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Lebanese Cabinet Crisis Continues

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam has criticized Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun after he threatened to “take action” after the Cabinet passed a decree Thursday despite opposition from six ministers. “No one can impose his position or his opinion on others,” Salam said in remarks published Friday in local …

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Hezbollah, Syrian army bombard Zabadani

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Hezbollah and the Syrian army Friday struck at militant positions inside the Syrian town of Zabadani at the southern end of Qalamoun, a security source told The Daily Star. The town was bombarded with heavy artillery and rockets, and a Syrian fighter jet carried out …

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Lebanon: IMF calls for taxes on fuel, EDL restructuring

The Levant News – Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: The International Monetary Fund recommended new taxes and an overhauling of the state-owned electricity sector to reduce the growing public debt and increase badly needed revenues. In its annual executive summary, the IMF team that recently visitedLebanon to assess the fiscal …

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Poems by British Lebanese poet Mariam Michtawi

By Mariam Michtawi -Translated from Arabic by Jake Gordon —   1. The Temple   I slept, And the dream began… I was walking in fear That my legs would fail me, Upon that journey, The mage’s journey…   I knelt, Praying Like parched earth I wandered through your temple, …

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Roumieh inmates riot to demand WiFi, cell phones

Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: Inmates demanding WiFi and cell phones rioted inside a Roumieh Prison facility Tuesday, a security source told The Daily Star, prompting security forces to intervene. The source said the Interior Ministry’s adviser for prisoner affairs, Mounir Shaaban, the head of the ISF’s prison command …

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