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Bulgaria finds two Lebanese guilty for terror attack

A Bulgarian court sentenced two men of Lebanese origin to life in prison on Monday over a 2012 bus bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian driver, which Bulgarian authorities have blamed on Lebanon’s Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah. The two men were tried in absentia over the July …

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Treasury Targets Hezbollah’s enablers in Lebanon

The U.S.Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned former Lebanese government ministers Yusuf Finyanus and Ali Hassan Khalil, who provided material support to Hezbollah and engaged in corruption. These designations underscore how some Lebanese politicians have conspired with Hezbollah at the expense of the Lebanese people …

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Latest update from Beirut explosions (clips and images)

Two large explosion rocked Beirut harbour Tuesday afternoon. The explosions killed at least 70 civilians and injured more than 3,000 people as glass shattered and balconies collapsed from the impact. The explosions were seen from the coast of Cyprus, some 207kms away, and heard inland from the capital Nicosia. By …

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UPDATES – Syria, Israel trade blames over latest airstrike

Syria’s air defenses on Monday intercepted ‘hostile targets’ above Damascus’ southwestern countryside, state media reported. No details were immediately available and there were no initial reports of damage or casualties. UPDATE Israeli aircraft attacked targets in Syria on Monday, the military said, describing the strikes as retaliation for an attempted …

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Iran weighs options in Syria after the Caesar Act

The US Treasury imposed mandatory sanctions on Syria on June 17, targeting foreign persons and entities for economic activities that support the Syrian government’s ability to wage war. The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act targets beneficiaries of the Syrian conflict including Iran, and signals that the United States will not …

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Israeli helicopter strike on Syria

Israeli helicopters fired several rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on targets inside southern Syria, Syrian state media reported on Friday, the latest in what intelligence sources say is an increase of strikes against Iranian-backed militias. Opposition sources in the area said several militia posts near Quneitra were targeted in …

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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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Israel warns Iran, Syria after air strike

Israel’s defence minister on Thursday issued a veiled warning to Syria, without confirming or denying what Damascus said was an Israeli air strike on its territory. Syria’s army accused Israel of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack earlier the same day that a monitor said …

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IS evacuation deal sparks Iraqi outrage

Iraqis on Tuesday denounced a deal allowing Islamic State group fighters to evacuate a Syrian-Lebanese frontier region towards the Iraqi border. Hundreds of jihadists started leaving the area on Monday, heading by bus for Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor, which borders Iraq and is the only Syrian province still …

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Hezbollah torn between its local and regional roles

Summary — In light of the raging regional crises, Hezbollah has been intervening outside Lebanon’s border in support of its foreign allies in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, raising controversy inside the country about the movement’s local and regional influence. By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Al-monitor–Translator: Sahar Ghoussoub – On Jan. 17, the …

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Israel hits Syrian military targets in Damascus

Israeli warplanes were said to have struck the military target in the Syrian capital of Damascus, while the raid on the weapons convoy occurred on the Damascus-Beirut highway, according to the reports. As with past claims of Israeli strikes, Israel did not immediately confirm or deny news of the purported …

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Just how much can Lebanon change under Aoun?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Following the election of Gen. Michel Aoun as president of the Lebanese Republic on Oct. 31 and the appointment of Saad Hariri as prime minister on Nov. 3, the two men will face numerous challenges, starting with forming a national government. Hariri is seeking to …

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Hariri ends consultations to form new Lebanese government

BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri ended consultations with parliamentary blocs Saturday following two days of talks over the formation of a new government ahead of his meeting with President Michel Aoun. “The atmosphere was positive. There was a lot of cooperation between me, Speaker Nabih Berri and his Excellency, …

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Ashura rituals stir controversy among Shiites

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Each year, as they commemorate Ashura, the Shiites debate whether certain rituals are permissible. Some of those rituals are violent, such as Tatbir and hitting oneself with chains practices that harm one’s body and distort the revolution and objectives of Imam …

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Nasrallah congratulates Aoun on presidential post

The Levant News – Beirut – “Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, telephoned the new elected President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and congratulated him on his election as head of state. He wished him long life and good luck in his new national responsibilities.” Source: NNA

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Lebanese Parliament elects Michel Aoun as president

Michel Aoun

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam for REUTERS| BEIRUT — Twenty-six years after being forced from Lebanon’s presidential palace and into exile by the Syrian army, Michel Aoun is set to be elected head of state on Monday, backed by many of his old enemies. Barring a surprise, many of …

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I will not vote for Aoun: Speaker Nabih Berri

The Daily Star — BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday said he will not vote for Free Patriotic Movement founder Michel Aoun in the upcoming parliamentary session to elect a president, although he will congratulate him if he wins. “I confirm that I will take part in the session …

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Lebanon foils two ISIS-planned attacks

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army says it has foiled two terror attacks that ISIS was planning to carry out at a tourist site as well as a crowded residential area. The army’s announcement comes on the wake of a series of suicide bombings in the country’s northeastern border village of Al-Qaa …

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