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Hariri is back and so is Lebanon's status quo

Birut - His shock resignation and mysterious stay in Saudi Arabia had sparked fears of chaos but Prime Minister Saad Hariri's homecoming appears to signal a return to what Lebanon's political class does best: the status quo.

Lebanon's Hariri gets hero's welcome

Birut - After nearly three weeks of an absence cloaked in rumour and mystery, a crowd of ecstatic supporters welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri like a prodigal son on Wednesday.

Lebanon's Hariri tells supporters 'I'm staying with you'

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, back in Beirut after a mysterious odyssey that saw him announce his resignation in Saudi Arabia, told cheering supporters on Wednesday that he was staying."I'm staying with you...

Lebanon's Hariri meets Sisi in Egypt ahead of return home

Cairo - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri briefly stopped Tuesday in Egypt for talks on his way back from France to his country, which is reeling from his surprise resignation amid an escalating regional crisis.

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumours

Paris - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will.

Lebanon's Hariri set to leave Saudi Arabia for France

Riyadh - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on Friday preparing to leave Saudi Arabia for France, a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his shock resignation in Riyadh.

Iran says 'biased' French policy stoking Mideast crises

Tehran - Iran said on Friday that "biased" French policy was stoking crises in the Middle East after Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused it of "hegemonic" ambitions in the region.

Hariri Paris trip is 'start of solution': Lebanon president

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to accept an invitation to Paris is the "start of a solution" to the crisis sparked by his resignation in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon's president said Thursday.

Lebanon minister warns turmoil could spark new refugee wave

Berlin - Lebanon's foreign minister warned Thursday that political turmoil in his country sparked by the crisis involving Saudi Arabia could impact Europe by creating new waves of refugees.

Lebanon's 'detained' premier to travel to France

Riyadh - Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri will travel to France "in the coming days", a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation.

France says Lebanon's Hariri will arrive 'in coming days'

Paris - Lebanon's former prime minister Saad Hariri will come to France "in the coming days", a source at the French presidency told AFP on Wednesday.

Pressure mounts for 'detained' Lebanon PM to return from Riyadh

Birut - Pressure in Lebanon and abroad mounted on Wednesday for premier Saad Hariri to return to Beirut from Saudi Arabia, where he has stayed since his surprise resignation earlier this month.

Love him or hate him, Lebanese want PM Hariri home

Birut - Lebanon's divided politicians rarely agree on anything, but they have fleetingly united in calling for resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return home, even if their motivations vary vastly.

Lebanon president says Saudi has 'detained' PM Hariri

Birut - Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of having "detained" Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation in a statement from the kingdom earlier this month.

EU's Mogherini urges 'no external interference' in Lebanon

Brussels - France, Germany and the EU on Monday called for an end to external interference in Lebanon, after the country's prime minister resigned unexpectedly, triggering rumours he was being held against his will in Saudi Arabia.

Lebanon PM says free in Saudi and will return home 'soon'

Birut - Saad Hariri, whose resignation as Lebanon's prime minister a week ago sent shockwaves across the region, said Sunday he is "free" in Saudi Arabia and will return to Lebanon "very soon".

Resigned PM says he is 'free', will return to Lebanon

Birut - Saad Hariri pledged on Sunday he would return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia "very soon," in his first television interview since his shock resignation as prime minister eight days ago.

Lebanon runners race to show support for resigned PM

Birut - Participants in Beirut's annual marathon usually run to support medical research or human rights. But this year, Lebanese racers have opted for another cause: their missing prime minister.

Lebanon asks Saudi Arabia for explanation on PM's absence

Birut - Lebanon's president urged Saudi Arabia on Saturday to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as prime minister a week ago.

Lebanon's Hariri 'free to move around' in Saudi: French minister

Paris - Lebanon's Saad Hariri, who resigned as prime minister at the weekend, is "free to move around", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday amid rumours he was being held against his will in Saudi Arabia.

Hezbollah says Saudi 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation

Birut - Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, said on Sunday the previous day's resignation of the country's premier Saad Hariri had been "imposed" by Saudi Arabia.

In Lebanon, Hariri exit raises spectre of fresh war

Birut - Saad Hariri's resignation from Lebanon's premiership has raised fears that regional tensions were about to escalate and that the small country would once again pay a heavy price.

Netanyahu: Lebanon PM's fears should alarm the world

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that the resignation of Lebanon's premier, and his stated reasons, should serve as an "alarm call" to the world about Iran's ambitions.

Lebanon PM resigns, says fears for his life

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation on Saturday, citing Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.The surprise move risks plunging the small and already fragile Middle Eastern country deeper into turmoil.

Lebanon PM resigns, says fears for his life

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.

Lebanon PM resigns, says fears for his life

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.

Hariri witness tells of traumatic search for missing father

Leidschendam - The daughter of a bystander who lost his life in the massive car bomb that killed former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri spoke Monday of her family's harrowing search to find her father's body.

Lebanon PM Hariri stands firm on Assad 'crimes'

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday he stood firm against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's "crimes", at an event marking the anniversary of his father's assassination that he has blamed on Damascus.

Lebanon's new PM a vocal critic of Hezbollah, Syria

Beirut - Lebanon's new prime minister Saad Hariri, the son of former billionaire premier Rafik Hariri, is a vociferous critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime which he blames for his father's assassination.

Lebanon's Hariri to form government, but path tough

Birut - Former prime minister Saad Hariri was nominated Thursday to form Lebanon's next government but the process is likely to be hampered by deep differences with the powerful Hezbollah movement.
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