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Hezbollah to withdraw from Iraq after IS defeat

Beirut, Nov 21 (IANS) The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has said that the group will withdraw its fighters from Iraq once the Islamic State terror organisation has been completely eradicated. IS has already lost practically all the territory it conquered in Iraq and in Syria, though it retains a presence in both countries, Efe news reported. Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah said in a...

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Hariri meets Macron, will return to Lebanon on November 22

Beirut/Paris, Nov 18 (IANS) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday after he arrived here from Saudi Arabia for talks on a crisis sparked by his resignation earlier this month. Macron welcomed Hariri and his family at the Elysee Palace. The meeting came hours after a phone call between the French President and his Lebanese counterpart Michel A...

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Lebanon's Hariri arrives in Paris amid turmoil

Paris, Nov 18 (IANS) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived here on Saturday after two weeks in Saudi Arabia, a stay that sparked speculation that he was being held against his will. Hariri, who dismissed the speculation but has not publicly explained the nature or length of his stay in Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron later in the day. T...

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Lebanon PM leaves Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Nov 18 (IANS) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has left Saudi Arabia for France, a TV channel owned by his family announced on Saturday. Hariri left the Riyadh airport on his private jet with his wife and is headed for Le Bourget airport (near Paris), the BBC quoted the Future TV as saying in its announcement. Hariri is expected to meet French President Emmanuel Macron...

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Macron invites Lebanon PM Hariri, family to France

Paris, Nov 16 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his family to France, his office said in a statement. After speaking with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, the president has invited Saad al-Hariri and his family to France, the Elysee said on Wednesday, without elaborating on the ...

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Lebanon slams Riyadh for roles behind Hariri's resignation

Beirut, Nov 15 (IANS) Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday criticized Saudi Arabia on the background of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation, saying that Riyadh has carried out an act of aggression against Lebanon. We consider Prime Minister Saad Hariri as being detained in Saudi Arabia and this is an act of aggression against Lebanon, Aoun said during a meeting with the Nati...

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Saudis holding PM Hariri hostage, says Lebanon President

Beirut, Nov 15 (IANS) Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of detaining its Prime Minister Saad Hariri and called it a hostile act. Hariri resigned unexpectedly in a statement televised from the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 4. Aoun said nothing justified Hariri's continued absence and that it was a breach of his human rights, the BBC reported. He a...

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India's global rank up for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Bonn, Nov 15 (IANS) India is ranked 14th in this year's Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2018 out of 56 nations and the European Union by environmental organisation Germanwatch, an improvement from its 20th position last year, for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by opting to transform its electricity sector towards green technology. China, with its high emissions and growi...

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Saudi national kidnapped in Lebanon

Beirut, Nov 11 (IANS) A Saudi Arabian national was kidnapped in Lebanon, a day after the Riyadh government had warned its citizens who were visiting or residing in Beirut to leave immediately, authorities said. Ali al-Bishrawi, 32, was lured away from his residence and has been missing since then, Xinhua news agency quoted the authorities as saying on Friday. His wife, who is a...

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Hezbollah accuses Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri prisoner

Beirut, Nov 11 (IANS) The leader of Hezbollah on Friday accused Saudi Arabia of holding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri captive in Riyadh. Hariri announced his resignation while on a visit to Saudi Arabia on November 4, prompting some in Lebanon to assert that the Saudis had forced Hariri to step down. The Prime Minister is detained in Saudi Arabia and is forbidden to return ...

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US stresses support for Lebanon's stability

Beirut, Nov 11 (IANS) A high-level official of US air forces affirmed on Friday his country's support for a stable Lebanon. Deputy Under-Secretary of the US Air Force for International Affairs Heidi Grant made the remarks after meeting with commanders of Lebanese army and air forces, a statement by US embassy said. The United States remains committed to a stable, secure, democrat...

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Saudi Arabia urges its citizens to leave Lebanon

Riyadh, Nov 10 (IANS) Saudi Arabia on Thursday asked its nationals who are visiting or residing in Lebanon to leave that country as soon as possible. Official news agency SPA reported that the government also advised Saudi citizens not to travel to Lebanon amid accusations that Riyadh is playing a role in the current Lebanese political crisis. Tension has risen between Riyadh and...

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Lebanon speaker says PM's resignation unconstitutional

Beirut, Nov 9 (IANS) Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation was unconstitutional. The cabinet still exists and Hariri's announcement of his resignation in this manner will not alter its nature, Berri told lawmakers according to a statement from his media office, Xinhua reported. Berri said that the cabinet would co...

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Kenya's Ruto to face stiff challenge in Beirut Marathon

Nairobi, Nov 8 (IANS) Kenya's Dominic Kipngetich Ruto will face a stiff challenge from defending champion Edwin Kiptoo at the Beirut Marathon, starting on November 12. The 27-year-old Ruto is amongst the fastest in the elite field and, earlier this year, he recorded a new personal best time of 2:09:08 at the Rome Marathon knocking 20 seconds off his previous best, reports Xinhua news age...

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Lebanese PM resigns

Beirut, Nov 5 (IANS) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has unexpectedly resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia, saying his life was in danger, and creating a leadership vacuum in an already politically fractured country, the media reported. In a televised address from Riyadh on Saturday night, Hariri said he feared an assassination plot and accused Iran of meddling in the region, causi...

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Lebanon PM resigns, rejects Iran's 'over-extension'

Beirut, Nov 4 (IANS) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on Saturday, claiming that it stemmed from a rejection of Iran's political over-extension in the region. I declare my resignation from the premiership of the Lebanese government, with certainty that the will of the Lebanese is strong, Hariri said in a televised statement from the Saudi capital Riyadh. He stressed t...

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Lebanon national football team qualifies for 2019 Asia Cup

Beirut (Lebanon), Oct 11 (IANS) The Lebanese national football team has qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup after crushing DPR Korea 5-0 in the home leg of the match-up at Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium here. Lebanon took a commanding 2-0 lead in the first half after striker Hilal al-Hilweh and Captain Hasan Maatouk scored a goal each on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency. Th...

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Australia and Iran in final of FIBA Asia Cup

Beirut, Aug 20 (IANS) Australia and Iran basketball teams will vie for the title of the FIBA Asia Cup after Australia overcame New Zealand 106-79 and Iran beat South Korea 87-81. Australia were the first to book their space in the final on Saturday as Matthew Hodgson top scored with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and six players hit double figures in the win for Australia, reports Xinhua n...

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Syrian rebels leave Lebanon to return home

Beirut, Aug 15 (IANS) In the second phase of repatriation, over 3,000 Syrian refugees and militants have crossed the Lebanese border to return to their country where they will benefit from amnesty and return to normal life. The repatriates, including 350 militants, were escorted on Monday by Lebanese armed group Hezbollah to nearby towns in Syria's Qalamoun region, the Guardian reported....

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23 militants killed in Syria blast

Beirut, Aug 12 (IANS/MAP) At least 23 militants were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide blast in southern Syria near the border with Jordan, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A bomber detonated an explosive belt at a base used by Jaish al-Islam near the Nasib border crossing on Friday, the war monitor group said. Most of the 23 rebels killed were from Jaish al-Isl...

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