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7 hours ago
Berri elected Lebanese Speaker for 6th time

Beirut, May 23 (IANS) Lebanon Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri was on Wednesday re-elected to the post, which he is holding for the sixth time, during the first session of the new assembly. Berri, 80, heads the Shia party Amal and was the only one in the running for Speaker, a position which he has held since 1992. I sincerely thank, for the sixth time, the members of parliament fo...

3 days ago
Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Cannes, May 20 (IANS) Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme dOr at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his film Shoplifters. Nandita Das' Manto, which was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section, did not pick any honour. Ali Abbasi's Border won the top prize in the category. The win marks just the second time this century that an Asian film has claimed the ...

16 days ago
Hariri's party loses third of its parliamentary seats

Beirut, May 8 (IANS) The Lebanese Prime Minister's political party, the Future Movement, lost just under a third of its seats after recent parliamentary elections, winning 21 seats, 12 less than the 33 held previously, the PM announced on Monday. At a press conference in Beirut, Saad Hariri said he had hoped for better results in Sunday's elections so his Sunni Muslim party could form a ...

17 days ago
Lebanon holds parliamentary polls

Beirut, May 6 (IANS) Polling stations opened across Lebanon on Sunday for the first parliamentary elections in almost a decade. The last elections in the country took place in 2009, for what was supposed to be a four-year term, reports the BBC. But parliament extended its term twice due to instability in neighbouring Syria and to reform the country's electoral laws. Hezbo...

26 days ago
Syrians risk forfeiting homes under new law

Damascus, April 27 (IANS) More than 10 million Syrians who have fled the countrys raging war have been told to lay claim to their homes by early May or risk forfeiting them to the state, the media reported on Friday. A property law announced this month has raised widespread fears that Syrian citizens who have opposed President Bashar al-Assad face permanent exile and that other people co...

27 days ago
Costa Rica to offset national team's World Cup carbon footprint

San Jose, April 26 (IANS) Costa Rica will offset its national football team's carbon footprint during the 2018 World Cup in Russia by purchasing bonds that help fund an environmental project, officials said. The initiative is the result of an alliance between Costa Rica's football federation and the country brand Essential Costa Rica and is aimed at fostering a culture of environmental s...

1 month ago
Pro-Assad forces launch offensive after Ghouta victory

Beirut, April 15 (IANS) Syrian government forces launched an offensive in the Homs and Hama provinces on Sunday, after proclaiming victory in the Eastern Ghouta district on the outskirts of Damascus, according to British NGO Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR). According to a source, the military operation is taking place along the road linking Homs to the neighbouring town of Al S...

2 months ago
100,000 people flee Syria's Afrin, EU expresses concern

Beirut, March 19 (IANS) Almost 100,000 people have fled the Kurdish-Syrian enclave of Afrin since a Turkish military offensive was launched on the region, a UN humanitarian office said on Monday, while the EU's foreign affairs chief expressed concern at the ongoing military activities. Afrin city, located in a Syrian province of the same name, was captured by the Turkish Army and its all...

2 months ago
Syrian refugees 'to frightened' to return home: UN

Beirut, March 10 (IANS/AKI) Ongoing warfare in Syria has made millions of impoverished Syrians living in exile too fearful to fulfil their dream of going home, the UN refugee agency's chief Filippo Grandi said on Friday. With fighting in parts of Syria as fierce as at any point during the conflict, refugees are understandably still too frightened to return, Grandi said. UNHCR is ...

2 months ago
Lebanese PM visits Saudi Arabia to boost ties

Beirut, March 3 (IANS) Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri went on an official visit to Saudi Arabia and held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in order to boost ties, officials said on Saturday. During the meeting, the leaders discussed the developments in the region and the bilateral relations between the two countries the statement said. Hariri met Saudi K...

2 months ago
Fresh clashes in Syria's Eastern Ghouta breach Russian-backed truce

Beirut, Feb 27 (IANS) The morning calm that prevailed in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus as a Russian-backed ceasefire came into force on Tuesday following days of relentless bombardment by the Syrian government has been interrupted by fresh rocket fire and airstrikes, the UN and activists said. Russian President Vladimir Putin requested that his regional ally Bashar al-Assad reel in ...

3 months ago
Pro-Syrian government militiamen enter Afrin

Beirut, Feb 21 (IANS) Pro-government militiamen on Tuesday entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria in response to an ongoing Turkish military offensive, media reports said. Images were aired of popular forces loyal to President Bashar Assad moving toward Afrin city in pick-up trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns, Efe reported. Shortly after the militias entered the encla...

3 months ago
Israel builds disputed wall along border with Lebanon

Beirut, Feb 8 (IANS) The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirmed on Wednesday that Israel has begun to construct a controversial wall along its border with Lebanon. We are in contact with the parties on both sides of the border to resolve this issue and prevent any tension or escalation, UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti said in a statement carried by the National News Agency (NN...

3 months ago
Lebanon beat Chinese Taipei in Davis Cup

Beirut(Lebanon), Feb 5 (IANS) Lebanon's tennis national team scored a major achievement by beating Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the Asian-Oceania second group of the Davis Cup competition. The games that were played on the grounds of the Taadod club in Beirut saw Lebanon leading Chinese Taipei 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a match with Hong Kong, who beat Iran in the same group, reports Xinhua news...

3 months ago
Lebanon beat Chinese Taipei in Davis Cup

Beirut(Lebanon), Feb 5 (IANS) Lebanon's tennis national team scored a major achievement by beating Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the Asian-Oceania second group of the Davis Cup competition. The games that were played on the grounds of the Taadod club in Beirut saw Lebanon leading Chinese Taipei 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a match with Hong Kong, who beat Iran in the same group, reports Xinhua news...

3 months ago
Lebanon beat Chinese Taipei in Davis Cup

Beirut(Lebanon), Feb 5 (IANS) Lebanon's tennis national team scored a major achievement by beating Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the Asian-Oceania second group of the Davis Cup competition. The games that were played on the grounds of the Taadod club in Beirut saw Lebanon leading Chinese Taipei 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a match with Hong Kong, who beat Iran in the same group, reports Xinhua news...

3 months ago
Lebanon beat Chinese Taipei in Davis Cup

Beirut(Lebanon), Feb 5 (IANS) Lebanon's tennis national team scored a major achievement by beating Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the Asian-Oceania second group of the Davis Cup competition. The games that were played on the grounds of the Taadod club in Beirut saw Lebanon leading Chinese Taipei 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a match with Hong Kong, who beat Iran in the same group, reports Xinhua news...

3 months ago
Lebanon beat Chinese Taipei in Davis Cup

Beirut(Lebanon), Feb 5 (IANS) Lebanon's tennis national team scored a major achievement by beating Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the Asian-Oceania second group of the Davis Cup competition. The games that were played on the grounds of the Taadod club in Beirut saw Lebanon leading Chinese Taipei 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a match with Hong Kong, who beat Iran in the same group, reports Xinhua news...

3 months ago
Lebanon beat Chinese Taipei in Davis Cup

Beirut(Lebanon), Feb 5 (IANS) Lebanon's tennis national team scored a major achievement by beating Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the Asian-Oceania second group of the Davis Cup competition. The games that were played on the grounds of the Taadod club in Beirut saw Lebanon leading Chinese Taipei 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a match with Hong Kong, who beat Iran in the same group, reports Xinhua news...

3 months ago
Lebanon beat Chinese Taipei in Davis Cup

Beirut(Lebanon), Feb 5 (IANS) Lebanon's tennis national team scored a major achievement by beating Chinese Taipei 3-2 in the Asian-Oceania second group of the Davis Cup competition. The games that were played on the grounds of the Taadod club in Beirut saw Lebanon leading Chinese Taipei 3-2 on Sunday, setting up a match with Hong Kong, who beat Iran in the same group, reports Xinhua news...

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