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'Syrian-Iranian grip' on Lebanon will tighten after Aleppo: Jumblatt

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's imminent victory in Aleppo will increase Syrian and Iranian influence in Lebanon, the leading Lebanese Druze politician said on Thursday, as Assad said Lebanon could not remain unscathed by regional conflicts.

Hariri sees obstacles in way of forming new Lebanon government

BEIRUT Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Monday his efforts to form a new government faced "stumbling blocks", testing hopes he could quickly steer the country out of its political crisis.

World, Nov 21 2016

Iran's foreign minister is first to meet Lebanon's new president

BEIRUT Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday became the first foreign minister to meet Lebanon's new president, underscoring Tehran's struggle with its regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia for influence in Beirut.

World, Saudi Arabia Nov 07 2016

Lebanon's Hariri named Prime Minister, wins speaker's support

BEIRUT Lebanon's president asked Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri to form a new government on Thursday after he won the support of a majority of MPs and the endorsement of the influential parliament speaker.

World, Nov 03 2016

Old enemies set to elect Aoun as Lebanon's president

BEIRUT Twenty-six years after being forced from Lebanon's presidential palace and into exile by the Syrian army, Michel Aoun is set to be elected head of state on Monday, backed by many of his old enemies. | Video

World, Syria, Oct 31 2016

Lebanese Druze leader says most of his bloc supports Aoun for president

BEIRUT Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said on Friday that most members of his political bloc, the Democratic Gathering, would support Christian leader Michel Aoun to become president of Lebanon next week.

World, Oct 28 2016

In Lebanon deal, Iran wins and Saudi retreats

BEIRUT A veteran Christian leader is set to fill Lebanon's long-vacant presidency in a deal that underlines the ascendancy of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement and the diminished role of Saudi Arabia in the country.

World, Saudi Arabia Oct 26 2016

Israeli army says soldier wounded by shots fired from Lebanon

JERUSALEM The Israeli military said an Israeli soldier was wounded on Wednesday by shots fired from a vehicle traveling in Lebanon along a border fence, and troops returned fire.

World, United Nations, Israel, Oct 26 2016

Lebanon parliament speaker sees five-six months for forming government

BEIRUT Lebanon's parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, believes that even if Michel Aoun is elected president next week after a vacancy of more than two years forming a government will take from five to six months, he was quoted as saying in a newspaper on Monday.

World, Oct 24 2016

Door to Lebanese presidency 'wide open', will vote for Aoun: Hezbollah

BEIRUT The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday the door to electing a president was "wide open" and his members of parliament would vote for ally Michel Aoun at a parliamentary session at the end of October.

World, Oct 23 2016