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47 min ago | Weekend Balita

20 Filipino repatriates from war-torn Syria on the way home - DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday said some 20 Filipinos from Syria, who availed of the Mandatory Repatriation Program , will arrive on Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board Emirates Airlines flight number EK-332 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 4:35p.m. Of this number, 2,443 were repatriated through Lebanon, with the cooperation, assistance and support of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, the DFA statement said. The 20 OFWs will travel by land from Damascus to Beirut on September 17. They will be assisted by Philippine Embassy in Beirut personnel during their transit at the Lebanese Masna'a border.

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4 hrs ago | The Daily Star

Nusra threatens to kill Lebanese soldier

Families of the kidnapped soldiers protest in front of the Grand Serail during a Cabinet session in Beirut. BEIRUT: The Nusra Front threatened to kill one of the Lebanese soldiers it is holding Tuesday, an indication that Qatari-brokered negotiations to end the hostage crisis have reached an apparent deadlock.

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5 hrs ago | The Daily Star

Lebanese among the world's most pessimistic about economy

BEIRUT: The Lebanese population is one of the globe's most pessimistic about its economic future and dissatisfied with how its country is doing, says a study by a prominent American research center. published by the PEW Research Center, the Lebanese scored incredibly low in the stats about the public perception of the economy.

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9 hrs ago | Center for American Progress

Attacks Against American Diplomats

Cleo A. Noel Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Sudan, and his deputy, George Moore, were preparing to leave a reception at the Saudi Embassy in Khartoum when eight gunmen in a Land Rover stormed in to take hostages from among the guests. Within an hour, the attackers had released all but five of the captured diplomats.

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13 hrs ago | The Daily Star

Egyptian mufti in Lebanon for Derian inauguration

Egyptian Mufti Sheikh Shawqi Allam meets with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail Tuesday Sept 16 2014. BEIRUT: Egyptian Mufti Sheikh Shawqi Allam will participate in the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected Lebanese Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian Tuesday, after he had arrived in Lebanon earlier in the day.

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14 hrs ago | The Daily Star

Army raids refugee sites in north Lebanon, arrests made

The Lebanese Army has been deployed heavily in Tripoli since a new security plan was put in place earlier this year. TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested a number of Syrians during overnight raids on Syrian refugee centers in northern Lebanon, security sources said Tuesday.

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17 hrs ago | Tehran Times

UN chief seeks Iran's help in accelerating election of Lebanese president

In a message to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Tehran to help expedite election of a new president in Lebanon. UN special coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly submitted Ban's message to Zarif's deputy Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting in Tehran on Sunday.

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20 hrs ago | Al Bawaba

Official: Lebanon needs $1 billion to support Syrian refugees

Lebanon is in need of close to $1 billion to finance urgent projects aimed at supporting host communities that are reeling under the increasing burden of around 1.6 million Syrian refugees , a senior Lebanese government representative told The Daily Star. Shadi Karam, the representative of the government on the steering committee of a World Bank-supervised multi-donor trust fund for Lebanon, says he expects money to start flowing into the fund now that its work mechanism has been officially ratified by the Cabinet.

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21 hrs ago | Norwalk Citizen News

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

In this Sept. 15, 2014, photo, Kurdish citizens who live in Lebanon shout slogans and hold a photograph during a demonstration against militants who refer to themselves as the Islamic State, in front of the UN building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

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22 hrs ago | The Daily Star

Rival blocs file candidacy papers for unlikely elections

File - The parliamentary joint committee convenes at the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, March 28, 2014. BEIRUT: Racing against a deadline that ends at midnight Tuesday, rival parliamentary blocs Monday rushed to file their candidacy papers for elections that most probably will not take place on time for security reasons.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Daily Star

Vinifest dates announced, wine culture heralded

BEIRUT: The seventh-annual Vinifest, a riot of local wine and performances, was announced Monday, with the event to descend once more on Beirut's Hippodrome from Oct. 8 to Oct. 11. Speaking at the launch news conference, Zafer Chaoui, president of Lebanon's official wine association the Union Vinicole du Liban, paid homage to a country that he called one of the oldest wine producers in the world, where the tradition dated back to "the time of Bacchus," the Roman god of wine and intoxication. The wine trade can be traced back to at least as early as the Phoenicians, though it died out for several centuries and was revived in the mid-19th century.

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The Daily Star

Hollande calls for Lebanese Army support

French President Francois Hollande speaks during a news conference on the second and final day of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near Newport, in Wales September 5, 2014. BEIRUT: The international community must provide further support to the Lebanese Army in its fight against terrorism, French President Francois Hollande said Monday.

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The Daily Star

Sisi pledges support to Lebanon stability

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a speech in Cairo, in this September 6, 2014 handout courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. REUTERS/The Egyptian Presidency BEIRUT: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed Monday to cooperate with Lebanon's allies in order to ensure the country's stability.

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The Daily Star

Qatar to help build Lebanon central prison: Areiji

Culture Minister Raymond Areiji poses for a picture at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. BEIRUT: Qatari assistance to Lebanon will go beyond the current hostage crisis, with the country pledging to lift its travel advisory to Lebanon and assist in building a new central prison, Culture Minister Raymond Areiji said Monday.

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The Daily Star

Syrian army destroys ISIS-controlled bridge

BEIRUT: Syrian special forces Monday destroyed a bridge over the Euphrates River used by ISIS to move supplies in eastern Syria, media run by Hezbollah said, a blow to the group in the swath of Syrian territory it controls near Iraq. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, said an explosion had destroyed the bridge in Deir al-Zor city that is of vital importance to ISIS as the only way for it to move into parts of the city it controls.

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Al Bawaba

Peek-A-Boo! Saucy Burlesque superstar comes to Beirut

It's noon on a weekday, and Chrys Columbine is posing for a photo in the middle of the road in Hamra. Dressed in a glittering green bra, matching pants, a bustling satin skirt and a waist-pinching corset, she is literally stopping traffic.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

New York Magazine

In Northern Lebanon, Life Under ISIS's Shadow

The group's black-and-white logo is commonplace here, and everyone is asking the same question: When are they coming? n a dusty memorabilia store, a paunchy, mustachioed shopkeeper furtively lays out a headband emblazoned with ISIS's now-familiar black-and-white insignia. It is just one of many products supporters of the militant organization can purchase in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, not more than 20 miles from the Syrian border.

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The Daily Star

Bou Saab denies disrupting election committee

Minister Elias Bou Saab speaks during a news conference at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. BEIRUT: Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Sunday denied rumors of his alleged disruption of the formation of the Election Supervisory Committee during the Cabinet's session Thursday, arguing that a two-day delay in the appointment of the committee doesn't make a difference.

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The Daily Star

Jumblatt: Trials could end Lebanese hostage crisis in days

Progressive Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblatt says the judiciary can end the trials of the detained Islamists in three to four days once the will is there. BEIRUT: The kidnapped soldiers' crisis could be resolved in a matter of days if the judiciary showed the will and held the trials of the Islamists imprisoned at Roumieh, MP Walid Jumblatt said Sunday.

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ABC News

Militants Holding Lebanese Soldiers Release Video

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 file photo, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks to the media at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. On Sunday, Sept.

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