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UN tribunal for Lebanon may close after July due to financial crisis

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A U.N. tribunal set up to prosecute those behind the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said on Wednesday it will have to close after July if it is unable to resolve an acute funding shortage. “The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) regrets to announce that it is......

Israel says it will strike more Hamas tunnels running under Gaza homes, rockets fired from Lebanon

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Rockets are launched towards Israel from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 18, 2021, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence. Mahmud Hams | AFP | Getty Images Israel is continuing its bombardment of Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian......

Israel shells Lebanon after failed launches toward Israeli territory -Israeli military

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Six shells were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel on Monday but fell short of crossing the border, the Israeli military said. It said that in response, artillery was fired at “the sources of the launches” in Lebanon. A Lebanese security source said shells were heard being fired from south......

Lebanon is on a ‘train to hell’ and ‘about to reach the last station,’ former government advisor says 

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here An anti-government demonstrator waves the national flag as they block the street, with burning garbage dumpsters, in front of Lebanon’s central bank in the capital Beirut on March 16, 2021, during a protest against the deteriorating economic situation. JOSEPH EID......

Op-ed: Biden has a historic opportunity in the Middle East to foster peace and economic progress

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Biden’s long years of Senate and White House experience taught him that the Middle East could be quicksand for his presidential ambitions.  So, it was no accident his Mideast goals were modest and aimed at avoiding resource-draining distractions from his......

Lebanon rules out preconditions as sea border talks with Israel resume

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday there should be no preconditions for talks with Israel over their Mediterranean border dispute, key to Lebanon’s hopes to find gas reserves amid its worst economic crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war. Negotiations between the old foes were launched in October to try......

Activists file legal complaint over alleged Lebanon corruption

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Lebanon’s Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh speaks during a news conference at Central Bank in Beirut, Lebanon, November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Non-profit organisation Sherpa and a group of lawyers have filed a legal complaint to France’s financial prosecutor against Lebanese Central Bank Riad Salameh over alleged corruption and money......

Lebanon Easter biscuit woes symbolise crumbling economy

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Meanwhile in Beirut, Joseph Tawk, a TV celebrity and ambassador for the non-governmental organisation Lebanon of Tomorrow, has been making 9,000 maamoul with his team over the last three days. They provide food and medicine across the country to those who need it, and have been distributing the biscuits. BBC......

Here’s a complete list of destinations opening to vaccinated travelers

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here The list of places that’s welcoming vaccinated people is growing by the week. Proof of vaccines is easing travel restrictions to some places, and is the only way travelers can gain entrance to others. Yet from health forms to testing......

Lebanon’s president says new maritime claim needs government approval

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s president said on Tuesday a draft decree expanding its maritime claims in a dispute with Israel must be approved by the caretaker government, rejecting a request to grant it swift presidential approval. FILE PHOTO: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun is pictured at the presidential palace in Baabda,......

Lebanon’s president says new maritime claim needs government approval

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s president said on Tuesday a draft decree expanding its maritime claims in a dispute with Israel must be approved by the caretaker government, rejecting a request to grant it swift presidential approval. FILE PHOTO: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun is pictured at the presidential palace in Baabda,......

Hezbollah: time to allow formation of new Lebanon government

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FILE PHOTO: A man rides a motorbike past a picture of Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, near Sidon, Lebanon July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho/File Photo BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Wednesday it was time for politicians to put aside their demands and allow the formation of a......

Lebanon could sink like Titanic, parliament speaker says

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a legislative session, as Lebanon’s parliament approved a law that paves the way for the government to ink deals for coronavirus vaccinations, at UNESCO Palace in Beirut, Lebanon January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT (Reuters) – Influential parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri said......

Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc warns against sidelining president

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri meets with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon December 9, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), warned prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Saturday against sidelining President Michel......

Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc warns against sidelining president

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FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri speaks after meeting with Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon March 22, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), warned prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Saturday against sidelining President Michel Aoun......

Four Syrians found frozen to death in eastern Lebanon

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four Syrians, two women and two children, were found dead on Friday in eastern Lebanon after having gone missing, the governor of Lebanon’s Baalbek and Hermel region tweeted. The four were found, frozen to death, after a search operation by the Lebanese civil defence, army and security......

Brawls in shops as Lebanon’s financial meltdown hits supply of food

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By Maha El Dahan, Ellen Francis BEIRUT (Reuters) – The collapse of Lebanon’s currency has forced many grocery shops to temporarily shut within the last 24 hours, raising fears that a country reliant on imports could soon face shortages of food. People shop inside a supermarket in Beirut, Lebanon March......

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