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France's Le Pen cancels meet with Lebanon grand mufti over headscarf


BEIRUT French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. | Video

Aoun: Israeli threats to Lebanese sovereignty will meet 'appropriate response'

BEIRUT Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Saturday that any Israeli attempt to violate Lebanon's sovereignty would be met with the "appropriate response", in a statement released by his office.

World, United Nations, Israel, Feb 18 2017

Harsh Hezbollah words aim to draw 'red lines' for Trump: source

BEIRUT The Hezbollah leader's harsh words for Israel and U.S. President Donald Trump this week were aimed at drawing "red lines" to prevent any threatening action against Lebanon or the group, a source familiar with the group's thinking said on Friday.

World, Israel, Feb 17 2017

Aoun, Hariri's Hezbollah comments lay bare Lebanon's political divide

BEIRUT Lebanon's Prime Minister called Hezbollah's arms illegitimate on Tuesday after its President said the group's military wing was vital to its security, spelling out the country's political divisions more clearly than at any time since they took office.

World, Feb 14 2017

Saudi Arabia to appoint ambassador to Lebanon: president's office

BEIRUT Saudi Arabia will appoint a new ambassador to Lebanon, encourage the return of Saudi tourists and increase flights there by Saudi airlines, the Lebanese president's office said, in a sign of improved bilateral ties.

World, Saudi Arabia, Feb 06 2017

Trump: U.S. will win appeal of judge's travel ban order

WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla U.S. President Donald Trump said the Justice Department will win an appeal filed late Saturday of a judge's order lifting a travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries. | Video

Alarmed by Trump plans, some refugees see growing enmity in U.S.

BEIRUT Nur Hasan al Faraj's already slim hopes of a new life in the United States have all but died since she heard that President Donald Trump would temporarily ban refugees coming from some Muslim states.

World, Syria, Jan 26 2017

Syrian child refugees struggle to get an education: U.N.

BEIRUT Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are struggling to get an education and many are being pushed into work or early marriage instead, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Monday.

World, United Nations, Syria, Jan 23 2017

Lebanese PM seeks $10 billion foreign investment amid refugee crisis

BEIRUT Lebanon's prime minister called on Thursday for "adequate and substantial" foreign investments worth nearly $10 billion to address the Syrian refugee crisis and upgrade the country's crumbling infrastructure.

World, Syria, Jan 19 2017

Lebanon gets a new government, now it needs a new economy

BEIRUT After years of political deadlock, Lebanon finally has a new government. Now it needs a new economy.

World, Jan 19 2017