Lebanon http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27751/all en Skiing day out sparks Lebanon's latest sectarian showdown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/skiing-day-out-sparks-lebanons-latest-sectarian-showdown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Oliver Holmes</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 24 (Reuters) - It's ski season in Lebanon and everyone's hitting the slopes.</p> <p>But when the country's most controversial Sunni Muslim cleric took a convoy of supporters out for the day and was blocked by angry Christian protesters, many feared the trip could be the spark that would reignite Lebanon's sectarian flames.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/skiing-day-out-sparks-lebanons-latest-sectarian-showdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Lebanon War Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:15:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738925 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Bomb explodes in southern district of Lebanese capital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-bomb-explodes-southern-district-lebanese-capital <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details)</p> <p>BEIRUT, Jan 28 (Reuters) - A bomb planted under a car exploded in a southern suburb of Beirut late on Monday, a Lebanese security source said, rocking a Shi'ite Muslim area that is a stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah.</p> <p>The bomb destroyed the car and damaged buildings in the residential area of Hay al-Sellom but there were no casualties, the source said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-bomb-explodes-southern-district-lebanese-capital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Zionism Asia Lebanon Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:15:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740739 at http://www.globalpost.com Kerry marks anniversary of Lebanon's Hariri killing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/kerry-marks-anniversary-lebanons-hariri-killing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Thursday that the United States would stand by Lebanon as he marked the eighth anniversary of the killing of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.</p> <p>"This act of cold blooded mass murder sent shivers throughout the region," Kerry said in a very personal statement, adding that Hariri's assassination aimed "to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty and independence."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/kerry-marks-anniversary-lebanons-hariri-killing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Lebanon Politics of Lebanon AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:57:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756011 at http://www.globalpost.com Hariri killers to be punished 'sooner or later': son http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/hariri-killers-be-punished-sooner-or-later-son <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The killers of Lebanon's former premier Rafiq Hariri will be punished "sooner or later," his son Saad said on Thursday's eighth anniversary of his father's death, for which four Hezbollah members are being tried in absentia.</p> <p>"The (UN-backed) Special Tribunal for Lebanon is making progress and the criminals will be punished sooner or later. But is it possible that Hezbollah will continue with its ostrich policy of refusing... to surrender the accused?" he asked, in a televised address to a crowd of supporters in Beirut.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/hariri-killers-be-punished-sooner-or-later-son" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Lebanon Politics of Lebanon Rafiq Hariri AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:31:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756109 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon hydrocarbon survey turns inland http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/lebanon-hydrocarbon-survey-turns-inland <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lebanon on Thursday launched an onshore seismic survey of hydrocarbon reserves which Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said could turn the unexploited Mediterranean country into a regional oil hub.</p> <p>After offshore prospecting returned good results, the "next natural move" was inland, Bassil told reporters.</p> <p>He said Beirut had also developed several midstream projects with the "aim of turning Lebanon into an oil hub in the region and diversifying our hydrocarbon resources and reducing our energy dependency and oil bill."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/lebanon-hydrocarbon-survey-turns-inland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Lebanon Technology AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:00:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5762281 at http://www.globalpost.com UN-backed Lebanon court delays trial of Hariri suspects http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/un-backed-lebanon-court-delays-trial-hariri-suspects <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>AMSTERDAM, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The international court set up to try the alleged killers of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri postponed on Thursday the provisional date for the start of their trial in absentia.</p> <p>"A new tentative date will soon be set by Judge (Daniel) Fransen, to replace 25 March 2013 as a provisional date for the start of trial," the court said in a statement.</p> <p>A pre-trial judge said the prosecution had not yet disclosed all its material to the defence, and therefore more time was needed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/un-backed-lebanon-court-delays-trial-hariri-suspects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lebanon Politics Politics of Lebanon War Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:30:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5762319 at http://www.globalpost.com UN-backed court puts Hariri trial on hold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/un-backed-court-puts-hariri-trial-hold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The trial of four members of the powerful Hezbollah movement for the 2005 bombing that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri has been postponed, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon announced on Thursday.</p> <p>"A new tentative date will soon be set by Judge Daniel Fransen to replace 25 March 2013 as a provisional date for the start of trial," the STL said in a statement from its headquarters just outside The Hague.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/un-backed-court-puts-hariri-trial-hold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Lebanon Politics of Lebanon War AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:01:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5762357 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon must stem flow of fighters to Syria: president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130316/lebanon-must-stem-flow-fighters-syria-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lebanon must prevent fighters from crossing into Syria, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said after Damascus threatened to respond to cross-border infiltrations.</p> <p>Sleiman made the remarks while meeting with the Lebanese community in the Ivory Coast during an official visit, according to a statement from his office on Saturday.</p> <p>Lebanon's stability depends "on all of us... not sending militants to Syria and not receiving them," he said, adding "we must commit ourselves to neutrality."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130316/lebanon-must-stem-flow-fighters-syria-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Israeli–Lebanese conflict Lebanon War AFP Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:30:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5785234 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon army chief warns of sectarian tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/lebanon-army-chief-warns-sectarian-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lebanon's army commander Jean Qahwaji warned on Tuesday that sectarian tensions after attacks against several Sunni clerics posed "the most dangerous security challenge" to the country for years.</p> <p>Speaking to Lebanon's As-Safir newspaper, he said the situation was "the most dangerous security challenge in eight years," in an apparent reference to the period around the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/lebanon-army-chief-warns-sectarian-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Israeli–Lebanese conflict Lebanon AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:33:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787885 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon's plan to raise public pay dismays finance minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/lebanons-plan-raise-public-pay-dismays-finance-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's cabinet referred a draft law on a new public wage scale to parliament early on Friday, bowing to popular pressure but endangering efforts to control a runaway budget deficit.</p> <p>Finance Minister Mohammed Safadi said the draft law, which would raise the minimum wage 35 percent and cost around $1.2 billion (790.2 million pounds) a year, would be "economically devastating" for Lebanon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/lebanons-plan-raise-public-pay-dismays-finance-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Lebanon Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:00:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791018 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon cabinet suspended, PM may resign - cabinet sources http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/lebanon-cabinet-suspended-pm-may-resign-cabinet-sources <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati may resign on Friday after deadlock in his cabinet over preparations for a parliamentary election and a dispute over extending the term of a senior security official, ministerial sources said.</p> <p>Speaking at the end of a two-hour cabinet meeting, they said President Michel Suleiman had suspended any further government meetings after Mikati's ministers failed to agree on the issues.</p> <p>Mikati was due to make a public statement at 7.30 pm (1730 GMT), Lebanese media said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/lebanon-cabinet-suspended-pm-may-resign-cabinet-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Lebanon Najib Mikati Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Mar 2013 17:15:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791256 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/lebanon-cabinet-suspended-pm-may-resign-cabinet-sources-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Laila Bassam</p> <p>BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced his government's resignation on Friday after a cabinet dispute with Shi'ite group Hezbollah over preparations for a parliamentary election and extending the term of a senior security official.</p> <p>Mikati's announcement after a deadlocked ministerial meeting plunged Lebanon, already struggling to cope with a spillover of bloodshed and refugees from neighbouring Syria, into fresh uncertainty three months before the planned election.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/lebanon-cabinet-suspended-pm-may-resign-cabinet-sources-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Lebanon Najib Mikati Najib Mikati War Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:01:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791358 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322-50 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lebanese prime minister Mikati announces resignation</p> <p>sah/srm</p> Lebanon AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:02:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5791365 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Lebanese PM Mikati resigns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/urgent-lebanese-pm-mikati-resigns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government.</p> <p>"I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said.</p> <p>kam-sah/srm</p> Asia Lebanon Najib Mikati Najib Mikati AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:17:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5791390 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanese PM Mikati resigns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/lebanese-pm-mikati-resigns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government.</p> <p>"I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/lebanese-pm-mikati-resigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Lebanon Najib Mikati Najib Mikati AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:31:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5791403 at http://www.globalpost.com