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Air strikes in east Syria kill more than 100: Observatory.

BEIRUT - Air strikes since Thursday evening have killed more than 100 people including children and other family members of Islamic State fighters in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported.

- Reuters - US

Hezbollah leader: Trump racist towards Muslims.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has accused Donald Trump of being racist against Muslims and railed against the decision of Middle Eastern leaders to meet with the U.S. president at a summit in Riyadh earlier this week. Speaking on the 17th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from southern Leban...

- The Raw Story - US

Ramadan to start Saturday.

The Sunni mufti of Lebanon, Abdullatif Deryan, also announced that Saturday would be the start of Ramadan

- Daily Monitor - UG

Grand Mufti Derian calls on Lebanese to embrace coexistence during Ramadan.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian Friday called on the Lebanese people to embrace the spirit of coexistence and caring during the Holy month of Ramadan

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanon: Authorities Failing to Protect Freedom of Expression.

Lebanese authorities are failing to abide by their obligations to protect individuals from unfair trials and to ensure their right to freedom of expression, nine human rights and media organizations said today, following yet another criminal investigation of a Lebanese citizen for posts made on Facebook. Mr. Selman Samaha ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Arsal man arrested for Ras Baalbeck explosives.

The Lebanese Army late Thursday announced the arrest of a suspect on charges of planting explosives that had been found one day prior in Ras Baalbeck

- The Daily Star - LB

UNRWA Country Director tours southern Palestinian camps.

The UNRWA Country Director Friday toured several Palestinian refugee camps in south Lebanon and addressed the residents' complaints and demands, a source told The Daily Star

- The Daily Star - LB

Red Cross says it's stepped up aid across Syrian front lines.

BEIRUT " The International Committee of the Red Cross says that aid deliveries across front lines in war-torn Syria have significantly stepped up, compared to earlier years of the conflict.A statement on Thursday by ICRC president,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

'We believe in Lebanon's future', British envoy says.

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo shorter commented during the occasion marking Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday and her Sapphire Jubilee about the terrorism attack in Manchester . Despite the dreadful terrorist attack in Manchester that targeted children and young people, it is in our nature to keep calm and

- Ya Libnan - US

Hezbollah chief calls for Saudi- Iran dialogue, says it is only way forward.

The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom's lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump. In a speech Thursday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said the U.S. president is 'only interested in money' and is the most 'racist' U.S. ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Damascus, Amman exchange threats as border tensions flare.

Recent military exercises hosted by Jordan increased the Syrian regime's suspicion about activity on its southern border, while the opposition accuses the regime and Iran of trying to create a land route from Iran to Lebanon, through Syria and Iraq.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Lebanon's female graphic designers draw battle lines

Women dominate the graphic design scene in Lebanon, but their work is more valued abroad than at home.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Saudi Arabia: Ramadan moon sighting continues on Friday

Lebanon, Turkey, Yemen and Iraq declare Saturday as the first day of Ramadan while Saudi Arabia postpones confirmation.

- Al Jazeera - QA

May 27 first day of Ramadan: Grand Mufti Derian

Lebanon's Grand Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian Thursday confirmed that Saturday, May 27 is the first day of Ramadan, the state-run National News Agency reported.

- The Daily Star - LB

Saudi Arabia: Ramadan moon sighting continues on Friday

Lebanon, Turkey Yemen and Iraq declare Saturday as the first day of Ramadan while Saudi Arabia postpones confirmation.

- Al Jazeera - QA

South Lebanon mayor, son acquitted of terror charges

A south Lebanon mayor, who had been detained since December 2016 on the suspicion of providing detonators to a militant, was released Thursday, the National News Agency reported

- The Daily Star - LB

Riyadh summit will not impact Lebanon: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah

Riyadh summit will not impact Lebanon: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah

- The Daily Star - LB

Riyadh declaration will not impact Lebanon: Nasrallah

The recent Riyadh summit will not have an impact on Lebanon, said Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Thursday, calling on Saudi Arabia to engage in dialogue with its arch-foe Iran.

- The Daily Star - LB

Riyadh summit an attempt to convince US to confront Iran, resistance: Nasrallah

Riyadh summit an attempt to convince US to confront Iran, resistance: Nasrallah

- The Daily Star - LB

Nasrallah calls on Saudi Arabia to engage in dialogue with Iran

Nasrallah calls on Saudi Arabia to engage in dialogue with Iran

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanon renews Central Bank governor's term amid turbulence

BEIRUT " The Lebanese government has reappointed Lebanon's long-serving Central Bank governor for another six year term.The renewal of Riad Salameh's term sends a positive signal to international investors at a time of regional...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Bahrain holds Lebanese govt. responsible for Hezbollah threats

Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the kingdom of Bahrain is holding the Lebanese government responsible for the remarks of Hezbollah and its chief Hassan Nasrallah against the kingdom's rulers. The Lebanese government bears the responsibility for the insulting statements of its partner Hezbollah and its chief ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Syrian army advances south toward rebel-held area

BEIRUT - The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in southern Syria on Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq.

- Reuters - US

Activists: Fighting, airstrikes target southern Syrian city

BEIRUT " Syrian government forces battling insurgents carried out a series of airstrikes on Wednesday on a city in southern Syria that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal, opposition activists and...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

UNICEF: Lives of 26 million children threatened by conflict

BEIRUT " The United Nation's children agency says regional conflicts are threatening the lives of over 24 million children, most of them in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. The agency says that from cholera in Yemen to attacks on hospitals...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Elated crowd welcomes Hariri in Tripoli

Overjoyed by his presence, an ecstatic crowd greeted Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Tripoli as he arrived in Lebanon's second-largest city to survey development projects.

- The Daily Star - LB

Four arrested in illegal cigarette trafficking bust

Security forces Thursday busted an illegal cigarette trafficking depot near the Masnaa border crossing in east Lebanon, the National News Agency reported

- The Daily Star - LB

Syrian force urges Raqqa jihadists to surrender by end-May

BEIRUT - A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias promised on Thursday that no harm would come to Islamic State fighters in Raqqa who turned themselves in by the end of the month, calling on them to lay down their arms ahead of an expected assault on the city.

- Reuters - US

South Lebanon man kills wife, daughter before committing suicide

A south Lebanon man shot dead his wife and daughter before turning the weapon on himself Thursday night, a source told The Daily Star.

- The Daily Star - LB

Defense Minister says Liberation Day 'bright light' in Lebanon's history

Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf Thursday marked the country's Resistance and Liberation Day, describing it as a "bright light" in Lebanon's history

- The Daily Star - LB

Gridlock as drivers briefly block roads to protest 'illegal competition'

Traffic in Lebanon Thursday came to a halt as taxis, vans and buses briefly blocked the roads north of Beirut to protest "illegal competition"

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanon polls under 1960 law in September if no deal on a new law, says Mashnouq

Lebanon Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced on Wednesday that the parliamentary elections will be held in September under the controversial 1960 electoral law should the parties fail to reach a deal on a new law. There are efforts to open an extraordinary legislative session in an attempt to help find an ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Berri warns over “dangerous developments in the region”

Lebanon Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri warned on  Wednesday about  the dangerous developments in the region'  and the grave economic situation  in the country “and urged the politicians to agree on an electoral law Contacts are still underway over the electoral law but there is nothing new until the moment,' MPs ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Melting pot Manchester stresses unity after concert attack

On the Manchester street they call the “Curry Mile,” there are no longer just Indian or Pakistani restaurants. Instead, in a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, a hungry diner these days can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Melting pot Manchester stresses unity after concert attack

On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are no longer just Indian or Pakistani restaurants. Instead, in a sign of the ever-changing face of this proudly multiethnic city, a hungry diner these days can choose between Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

Gulf slams Qatar stance on Iran and Hezbollah

Emir appears to defy official GCC policies, observers say

- GulfNews - AE

Israelis build fortifications at south Lebanon border

Israeli bulldozers were seen carrying out more construction work Wednesday near the Lebanese-Israeli border, the Hezbollah-affiliated War Media Center reported.

- The Daily Star - LB

Trespassers suspected of desecrating church

A south Lebanon church was broken into Tuesday night and authorities suspect the trespassers engaged in sexual acts within the premises.

- The Daily Star - LB

Businessman gets 15-year sentence in UAE dispute

A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced a Lebanese-Swiss businessman accused of stealing $1.5 billion while working for one of its sheikhdoms to 15 years in prison over a scam, authorities said Wednesday.

- The Daily Star - LB

FPM website suddenly blocked in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon's Free Patriotic Movement website was blocked Wednesday by government authorities in Saudi Arabia.

- The Daily Star - LB

Bahrain foreign minister blasts Hezbollah

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa Wednesday launched an attack on Hezbollah over recent statements and said the Lebanese government was responsible for the group it deems a terrorist organization.

- The Daily Star - LB

Anti-torture progress likely to be slow

Having appeared before the U.N. Committee Against Torture for the first time since adopting the treaty the committee oversees 17 years ago, Lebanon must now determine how to act on the body's recommendations.

- The Daily Star - LB

Design Week brings creativity and conviviality to Beirut

Red flags dotted through the streets of Beirut marked out hubs of the local architects, artists and thinkers engaging with the theme Is Design a Need?

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanon speaker says alarmed over regional developments

Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday called on politicians to "reorder" domestic affairs amid "alarming" developments in the region

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanese NGO files Horsh Beirut lawsuit

Lebanese NGO Nahnoo Wednesday announced that they filed a lawsuit to halt the construction of a hospital over Beirut's last large green space

- The Daily Star - LB

Bahrain foreign minister blasts Lebanon over Hezbollah statement

Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa condemned Lebanon over a Hezbollah statement made Tuesday

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanon's Litani River polluters to be fined: Energy Minister

Litani River polluters will be fined, said Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil following a ministerial committee meeting on Wednesday

- The Daily Star - LB

'Most' support a proportional electoral law: Adwan

Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan Wednesday said that "most" politicians support a prorportional electoral law.

- The Daily Star - LB

Qatar Emir stirs controversy by defending Iran and Hezbollah

Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has been blocked by the UAE and Saudi Arabia in response to the emir's statements

- GulfNews - AE

Lebanon: The Battle of Abra

We investigate an incident highlighting tensions in Lebanese politics, the role of Hezbollah and the sectarian divide.

- Al Jazeera - QA

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