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Lebanon parliament paves way for budget approval

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday paved the way for the country’s first state budget in 12 years, by passing a law to allow the 2017 budget to be approved before auditing previous years’ accounts, the minister of finance said. Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters parliament’s vote opened the door to the budget’s approval when it next meets on Thursday. Successive governments have failed to pass annual budgets due to a string of political crises since ...

Lebanon: 16-year-old murders father and two more in Beirut

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A shocking new crime is shaking the center of Beirut, shedding light on weapons that are taking onto the streets of Lebanon, local news station MTV reported.A 16-year-old, Mohammad Younis, shot and killed his father, the building’s doorman and his wife, in Zuqaq al-Blat district.It was reported that four wounded people were injured in the area after he allegedly fired at everyone he encountered on the road.

Threats of war and the memory of Aoun asylum

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 13 marked the day when General Michel Aoun, a former commander of the Lebanese army, fled to the French Embassy in Beirut. Although history does not repeat itself, a tragedy that affects Lebanon’s domestic situation is about to happen. Divisions are widening and deepening in the country due to Hezbollah’s domination and its control of institutions and the army’s decision-making. Meanwhile the president, i.e. Michel Aoun, is biased toward Hezbollah even when it comes to ...

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Israel attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

Monday, 16 October 2017

Israel's air force attacked a Syrian missile battery that fired on its warplanes as they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon on Monday, the Israeli military said. Israeli forces were unscathed in the incident, the media reports said, adding that the Syrian battery that was struck was located 50 km (30 miles) east of Damascus. 

ANALYSIS: Unraveling the global tentacles of Hezbollah’s sleeper cells

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English.The West has held itself back from confronting Iran for decades. One reason for this has to be the dread of an Iranian fightback, which would take the form of guerrilla warfare in a multitude of lands, including the US. This fear would have been high in 2008, when intelligence experts warned of Iranian sleeper cells poised to attack British targets, such as ...

Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe responds to ban on acting in Egypt

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Shock and controversy dominated entertainment circles after news of Haifa Wehbe’s ban from working in Egypt spread. The ban was implemented with immediate effect until her dispute with producer Mohammed al-Sobki is resolved. Due to major attention and buzz the announcement attracted, head of the Actors’ Syndicate Ashraf Zaki had to clarify certain aspects. Work to resumeZaki said Haifa will resume her work normally after her dispute with Sobki comes to an end. Their disagreement is ...

Lebanon parliament passes amended tax law

Monday, 9 October 2017

Lebanon’s parliament passed a contentious tax law designed to fund a public sector salary increase on Monday, Lebanese media said. Lebanon’s parliament approved a $917 million rise in public sector salaries and a series of tax increases to fund it in July. But in September Lebanon’s constitutional council annulled the tax law after a political party brought a legal challenge and referred it back to parliament for amendments.  

Saudi minister says ‘international alliance needed’ to confront Hezbollah

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan on Sunday commended US sanctions against Lebanon’s Hezbollah but proposed another way to confront the group. “US sanctions against the terrorist militia in Lebanon are good, but the solution for achieving regional peace and security is an international alliance to confront them and their allies,” Sabhan said in a tweet. The US House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee passed two bills Thursday that ...

Lebanese actress shocks fans after revealing she was ‘almost raped’

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Lebanese actress Anne-Marie Salameh has revealed this week that she was “attacked and almost raped.” Speaking to a local entertainment news site, Salemeh said a man - reported to be a Syrian – scaled her building from the stairwell and entered her apartment while she was sleeping in her beroom. He then assaulted her and attempted to rape her, Salameh said, adding that her neck is still in pain from when he strangled her. She managed to escape by grabbing her car keys and ...

ANALYSIS: Is the West benefiting from chaos in the Arab world?

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Among many Arab and Western circles, there is a subtle conviction that Western countries and other major players are benefitting from the current instability across the Arab world and that this is the reason why the situation isn’t changing in the region. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, founder and president of the Emirates Policy Center in Abu Dhabi, expressed this concept clearly during her speech at a NATO conference on Arab geopolitics held this week. But Nicola De Santis, Head of the Middle East ...

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