Judges at UN-backed Hariri court reject bid to acquit Hezbollah suspect

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Judges at a UN-backed tribunal Wednesday threw out a bid to acquit an alleged Hezbollah member of any role in the 2005 assassination of ex-Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.The chamber at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon “finds that the prosecution has provided a sufficiency of evidence upon which it could convict” Hussein Oneissi, presiding judge David Re said. “Application for his acquittal is therefore dismissed,” Re added.The judge stressed though the court ...

Lebanese journalist Paula Yacoubian resigns from Future TV to run for elections

Friday, 26 January 2018

After announcing her resignation on Wednesday as host of “interviews” on Lebanese broadcast channel Future TV, journalist Paula Yacoubian appears to be starting a new chapter in the political stage. Yacoubian, whose talk show has aired for over a decade on the pro-Hariri channel, said she will be running in the parliament elections set to be held in May. According to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, despite her long affiliation with the channel, Yacoubian will be running for a seat with ...

Macron, Tillerson meet in Paris to support Lebanese PM Hariri

Friday, 8 December 2017

Lebanon’s prime minister appealed for support for his country from world powers on Friday at a summit convened by France to bolster Lebanon’s institutions as it emerges from a bizarre political crisis with regional and international implications. Just before the gathering got underway, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed America’s backing for Lebanon’s “sovereignty, stability and independence,” while French President Emmanuel Macron called on Mideast ...

Tillerson to meet Lebanon’s Hariri in Paris on Friday

Friday, 8 December 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Friday, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday. The two will meet during a ministerial meeting of the International Lebanon Support Group, a body that includes the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis ...

Syrian opposition seek a political solution in six months

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Syrian opposition leader Nasr Hariri requested that Russia and other countries put real pressure on Damascus to reach a political solution within six months in accordance with UN resolution 2254. Hariri said the opposition had no preconditions for talks, but planned to discuss all the details of the political transition, including Assad's fate. Hariri also noted that it is impossible to engage directly in negotiations regarding the constitution and elections during the current circumstances ...

Why Iran’s spies are hacking Hariri’s account

Monday, 27 November 2017

Iran has embarked on a large-scale cyber piracy operations in an attempt to expand its influence over the Middle East, especially in Lebanon, according to a new report. A group of Iranian hackers backed by Iran, attacked the servers of the offices of the Lebanese president Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri after his resignation, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. The attacks also targeted the Lebanese ministries of justice, foreign affairs, the army and several banks, according to ...

Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday Lebanon’s political crisis was “a wake-up call” for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues. Hariri was referring to the crisis ignited by his shock announcement on Nov. 4 that he was resigning. He made it from Saudi Arabia. After returning to Lebanon this week, he shelved the decision on Wednesday at the request of President Michel Aoun. “The ...

Cyprus to undertake initiatives to defuse Lebanese crisis after Hariri’s visit

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Cyprus on Wednesday said it would attempt to undertake initiatives to help defuse the crisis in neighboring Lebanon after Saad al-Hariri made an unexpected stopover on the island on Tuesday night. “Our common objective is stability in Lebanon, stability in our area. Within this context... the President of the Republic will undertake some initiatives precisely to promote this objective; stability in Lebanon,” Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said. Hariri met with ...

When Aoun ‘hallucinates’, parroting Khamenei

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Exactly one year ago, on the 1st of November, I wrote an article titled “What will Aoun achieve?” Actually, all the opinions I presented came true, as it was a correct reading of the history of the current Lebanese President Michel Aoun, his "disturbed" approach, personal interests and his old and reawakened dreams!Undoubtedly, Saad Hariri’s resignation from his post as Lebanese Prime Minister will not turn into a big crisis between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. However, ...

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Macron says Iran misunderstands France’s ‘balanced’ position in region

Saturday, 18 November 2017

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Iran misunderstood France’s “balanced” position in the region, which centered on not taking sides between Sunni and Shi‘ites, adding that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region. Speaking in Gothenburg, Macron said he wanted Iran to clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile program. Macron also said he would welcome Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Saturday as Lebanon’s prime minister and expected him to return ...

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