Tag: Lebanon

  • Lebanon’s Hariri gives new cabinet details to President

    Lebanon’s Hariri gives new cabinet details to President

    Lebanon’s Prime Minister designate Saad al-Hariri on Monday handed President Michel Aoun the “formula” for a new cabinet after nearly four months of political impasse. Key parties have jostled over ministries since a legislative vote in May, as officials and foreign donors warned that a delay would aggravate the country’s economic troubles. Lebanon, which is […]

  • Lebanon: Syria refugees can return before conflict ends

    Lebanon: Syria refugees can return before conflict ends

    The return of Syrian refugees should not be linked to the resolution of the conflict in their country, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said yesterday. Aoun reiterated that his country believes that Syrian refugees in Lebanon should return to safe areas in their home country, and he called on Switzerland to support Lebanon in taking steps […]

  • Lebanese cannabis farmers hope legalisation may bring amnesty

    Lebanese cannabis farmers hope legalisation may bring amnesty

    The contrast between the vibrant green of a cannabis field and the arid land nearby in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley has for years raised a dilemma for the area’s impoverished farmers. Cannabis is hardier, less thirsty and cheaper to grow than the region’s other main crops like apples and potatoes, but it is also illegal – […]

  • Hezbollah stronger than ever before: Nasrallah

    Hezbollah stronger than ever before: Nasrallah

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah was “stronger than at any time since it was launched” in a televised speech Tuesday. -THE DAILY STAR  

  • Israeli smoke bombs wound 2 Army troops

    Israeli smoke bombs wound 2 Army troops

    The Lebanese Army said Israeli troops fired six smoke bombs over the border, wounding two soldiers carrying out an inspection on the U.N. demarcated Blue Line. -THE DAILY STAR

  • Germany donates 97 homes, shops for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

    Germany donates 97 homes, shops for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

    Sixty-one Palestinian families in the refugee camp of Nahr Al-Bared received 97 homes and 35 shops yesterday which were funded by Germany, the Safa news agency reported. The handover of homes and shops took place in a ceremony that was attended by the German Ambassador to Lebanon, Martin Hooth. Addressing the attendants, Hooth said that […]

  • Public hospitals in Lebanon to receive boost from international aid

    Public hospitals in Lebanon to receive boost from international aid

    Lebanese public hospitals are set to receive a boost through international donations amounting to an estimated $60 million to $70 million, caretaker Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani said Tuesday. Hasbani was speaking at a news conference where Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon Matahiro Yamaguchi announced the donation of $4.2 million worth of equipment for Lebanon’s ailing public […]

  • Lebanese central bank says pound stable, urges fiscal reform

    Lebanese central bank says pound stable, urges fiscal reform

    Lebanon’s pound is stable and the central bank has the means to defend its stability, central bank governor Riad Salameh said on Monday, urging fiscal reforms to reinforce monetary stability. Salameh, in an interview with Reuters, said the central bank was not concerned about the pound – pegged at its current level since 1997 – […]

  • Lebanese PMI survey shows rapid private sector contraction

    Lebanese PMI survey shows rapid private sector contraction

    Activity in Lebanon’s private sector shrank at its fastest rate since October 2016 in July, as efforts to form a new government three months after parliamentary elections made no headway, a survey of companies showed on Friday. The seasonally adjusted Blom Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), compiled by IHS Markit, fell to 45.4 in July from […]

  • Lebanon hits political logjam after election

    Lebanon hits political logjam after election

    Lebanon faces a political impasse three months after an election produced a parliament tilted in favour of the Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah, with no sign of compromises needed to form a unity government. Negotiations have run into a knot of complications, notably how Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri can form a government that reflects the result […]