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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.

Lebanon's winning women: six females voted into parliament

Beirut - Lebanon's new parliament will include six female lawmakers across the country, up from just four in the 2009-era parliament with several fresh faces.

Lebanon PM Hariri says party loses third of seats

Beirut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Monday that his Sunni-dominated political movement had lost a third of its seats in parliament following the country's first general election in nine years.

Lebanon's Hezbollah hails 'great victory' after vote

Beirut - Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah claimed victory on Monday after elections it said legitimised its military branch, leaving Saudi-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri as the main loser.

Top parties seek to protect monopoly as Lebanon votes

Beirut - Lebanon held a much-delayed general election Sunday, with a new civil society list hoping for a breakthrough but traditional parties expected to renew their fragile power-sharing bargain.

Ruling parties to keep their clout as Lebanon votes

Beirut - Lebanon elects its parliament for the first time in nine years Sunday, with its ruling parties seeking to preserve a fragile power-sharing arrangement despite regional tensions.

Lebanon expats prepare for voting first

Beirut - Expatriates kick off Lebanon's parliamentary polls by voting abroad on Friday, a first for the small country's huge diaspora.

Fresh faces but same old names in Lebanon election

Beirut - Fresh young faces may be campaigning to win a seat in Lebanon's parliament next month, but their family names are anything but new.

In Lebanon vote, candidates shell out for coverage

Beirut - Six thousand dollars can buy a minute of air time, but a talk show episode can cost $240,000. In Lebanon, media outlets are charging parliamentary candidates exorbitant prices for coverage.

Election fever hits Lebanon, nine years since last legislative vote

Beirut - As its first parliamentary vote in nearly a decade approaches, Lebanon has been swept into campaign fever: posters on every corner, televised debates, and neighbours bickering over new electoral procedures.

Arab LGBT activists tell peers they are 'not alone'

Beirut - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from across the Arab world, including a Lebanese rock star, released a video on Monday to tell their peers they are "not alone".

Israel in 'direct combat' with Iran after Syria raid: Hezbollah

Beirut - Israel's strike on a Syrian airbase this week has put it in direct confrontation with regional foe Iran, the head of Lebanon's Tehran-backed Hezbollah movement said on Friday. "The Israelis committed a historic mistake...

Kuwait Airways halts Beirut flights as Syria tensions grow

Kuwait City - Kuwait's national carrier halted flights to Beirut on Thursday citing security concerns, after an air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days.
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A peace flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade
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Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
Adel Samia
The man buying watermelon from a roadside stand in Lebanon can trace his ancestry back to the ancien...
The man buying watermelon from a roadside stand in Lebanon can trace his ancestry back to the ancient Canaanites.
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A view of the Lebanon/Israel border.
A view of the Lebanon/Israel border.
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Protesters in Tripoli  Lebanon set KFC on fire.
Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon set KFC on fire.
Adel Samia
The Bekaa Valley is the fertile farm land of Lebanon  located east of Beirut and stretching south to...
The Bekaa Valley is the fertile farm land of Lebanon, located east of Beirut and stretching south to the Israeli border
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Beirut  Lebanon with President G.W. Bush
Beirut, Lebanon with President G.W. Bush
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Lebanese Red Cross personnel cover a body near a destroyed car believed to be the vehicle in which former finance minister Mohamad Chatah was travelling in, after an explosion in Beirut's downtown area December 27, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Jamal Saidi
Lebanese soldiers on patrol
Lebanese soldiers on patrol
Giorgio Montersino
Beirut  Lebanon.
Beirut, Lebanon.
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Old City Cafe in Cranford New Jersey
Prime Minister David Cameron made his first visit to Lebanon  visiting a refugee camp in the Bekaa V...
Prime Minister David Cameron made his first visit to Lebanon, visiting a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley. The camp is just one of 1,000 camps spread across the country.
Alexander Wright
The city of Tripoli
The city of Tripoli
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Lebanese President inspects UNIFIL Guard of Honour with UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Graziano.
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
The United Nations refugee agency blames the current refugee crisis on deplorable conditions at refu...
The United Nations refugee agency blames the current refugee crisis on deplorable conditions at refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. UN agencies are running out of money, unable to provide basic needs. And that's forcing families to flee.
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A group raising the Hezbollah flag
A group raising the Hezbollah flag
Paul Keller
Smoke rises after an explosion in the village of Ghajar in southern Lebanon.
Smoke rises after an explosion in the village of Ghajar in southern Lebanon.
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Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
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Firefighters extinguish a fire from a building at the site of an explosion in the Haret Hreik area, in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut January 21, 2014. The explosion rocked Beirut's southern suburbs hitting a Hezbollah stronghold
With permission by Reuters / Khalil Hassan