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More Syrians in organised return home from Lebanon

Cheba - Dozens of Syrian refugees left Lebanon by bus on Monday in the latest of a wave of returns to their war-torn country, Lebanese authorities said.

In Lebanon, volunteers speak up to battle suicide

Beirut - Her trainers beating down on the pavement along Beirut's seafront, Nour Safieddine, 24, cuts past strollers ambling in the evening sun. In her bright pink t-shirt, she is running to survive.

Lebanon's hash farmers fear going legal may hit profits

Bechou - The sun-soaked cannabis fields are just out of reach of a nearby army checkpoint. Its production is lucrative in Lebanon, but growers fear legalising its medical use could slash profits.

Russia urges help for Syria refugees to return

Beirut - Russia's Syria envoy on Thursday urged the international community to help Syrian refugees go back to their war-torn country.

Lebanon questions activists over social media posts

Beirut - Lebanon's security forces are increasingly bringing activists in for questioning over their social media posts, sparking widespread anger in recent days that freedom of expression is being squeezed.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Fakieh - Hundreds of Syrian refugees left Lebanon on Monday for their neighbouring home country, an AFP reporter said, the latest such return coordinated between Beirut and Damascus.

Activists hail Lebanon ruling that could protect gay rights

Beirut - Lebanese activists have celebrated a court ruling they say paves the way towards decriminalising homosexuality in the small Middle Eastern country.On Thursday, a Lebanese appeals court upheld the 2017 acquittal of nine people prosecuted over being gay....

HRW urges Lebanon to investigate alleged torture of actor

Beirut - Lebanon must investigate the account of a prominent actor who says he was forcibly disappeared and tortured by state security forces last year, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

More Syrians leave Lebanon for home

Al Masna` - Several dozen Syrian refugees left Lebanon for neighbouring Syria on Sunday as part of returns coordinated between both countries, an AFP reporter and authorities said.

Hezbollah says will help Syrian refugees return from Lebanon

Beirut - The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Friday his powerful movement was creating a mechanism to help Syrian refugees in the country return home, in coordination with Lebanese authorities and Damascus.

Refugees begin return to Syria from Lebanon border town

Fakieh - Hundreds of Syrian refugees began returning home from the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Thursday as part of a coordinated operation between authorities in Beirut and Damascus.

For Syrian refugees, fear of conscription prevents return home

Sa`d Nayil - Eking out a living in a ramshackle camp in east Lebanon has been hell for Syrian refugee Mohammed, but the alternative is far worse -- going home means taking up arms."Who would voluntarily choose to go on a death march?

Embattled Merkel in Lebanon amid heated asylum debate

Beirut - German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Beirut Thursday, on the second leg of a Middle East trip that comes amid an acrimonious debate at home over refugee policy.

Lebanese PM in Moscow to meet Putin

Beirut - Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, the eve of the FIFA World Cup, Hariri's office said.

Lebanese man stranded for 42 days in Ecuador airport

Quito - A Lebanese man has been stuck in immigration purgatory at an airport in Ecuador for 42 days after losing his passport and being returned there from Spain.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

Lebanon blocks UNHCR residency permits over Syria refugee spat

Beirut - Lebanon has accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and on Friday blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.

Beirut's dapper barber-on-a-bike offers curbside cuts

Beirut - Dressed in an old straw hat and navy suspenders, Abo Tawila pedals around a southern district of Beirut. A rare sight in modern-day Lebanon, the young barber-on-a-bike is looking for his next customer.

Lebanon fears Syria land law will hinder refugee returns

Beirut - Lebanon's top diplomat warned Saturday that a recent Syrian property law could dispossess hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees from their land back home, leaving them permanently displaced in Lebanon.

Lebanon's Saad Hariri gets new term as PM: presidency

Beirut - Lebanese lawmakers designated Prime Minister Saad Hariri for a third term in office Thursday, less than three weeks after elections that saw his movement lose ground in parliament.

UN chief urges Lebanon's Hezbollah to halt military activity

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on Hezbollah not to engage in military activity inside Lebanon and elsewhere in the region, in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday.

New Lebanon parliament re-elects Hezbollah ally Berri as speaker

Beirut - Lebanon's new parliament on Wednesday elected veteran speaker and Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri to a sixth consecutive term, making him one of the longest-serving parliamentary heads in the world.

Speaker Nabih Berri, great survivor of Lebanese politics

Beirut - Famous for his quick wit and shrewd politicking, Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri is returning for a sixth consecutive term as speaker of Lebanon's parliament, making him one of the world's longest-serving legislative chiefs.

New Lebanon parliament re-elects Hezbollah ally Berri as speaker

Beirut - Lebanon's new parliament on Wednesday elected veteran speaker and Hezbollah ally Nabih Berri to a sixth consecutive term, making him one of the longest-serving parliamentary heads in the world.

France freezes company assets over Syria chemical weapons

Paris - France on Friday imposed a six-month asset freeze on several international companies allegedly linked to a chemical weapons programme in Syria, as ministers meeting in Paris vowed that governments that gas their own people would not go unpunished.

France freezes company assets over Syria chemical weapons

Paris - France on Friday imposed a six-month asset freeze on companies based in Syria, Lebanon and China after they were linked to an alleged chemical weapons programme in Syria.

Lebanon authorities block gay pride festival: organiser

Beirut - Lebanon's LGBT festival, the only event of its kind in the Arab world, was suspended after authorities interrogated its organiser and threatened him with prosecution, he said Wednesday.

Top Hariri aides out after poor showing in Lebanon vote

Beirut - Three key aides of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri were fired or resigned, his office has revealed, a week after a disastrous showing in the country's first general election in almost a decade.

UN says Lebanon-Israel border 'quiet' after Syria flare-up

Beirut - United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon said Friday they were keeping a close eye on the southern border with Israel, but the area was "quiet" after strikes on suspected Iranian positions in Syria.

Vote results will protect Lebanon, speaker tells AFP

- Lebanon's powerful parliament speaker Nabih Berri said Tuesday that the general election's results vindicated a formula in which both the army and the Hezbollah militia guarantee the country's protection.
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Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
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