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Lebanese actor arrested for 'communicating' with Israelis.

Lebanese authorities interrogating writer and actor Ziad Itani on suspicions of communicating with Israelis, thus breaking local laws.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Children's book brings Lebanese proverbs to life.

Author Caroline Torbey spent her childhood trying to understand her Lebanese father's colorful Arabic filled with proverbs, so she created a children's book to share what she learned with a new generation.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Lebanon questions actor over alleged Israeli contact.

Lebanese authorities are interrogating writer and actor Ziad Itani on suspicions that he broke the law by "communicating" with Israelis, a judicial source told AFP on Friday

- The Daily Star - LB

Nasr Hariri to head Syrian opposition at Geneva talks: Spokesman.

Syrian opposition representatives selected Nasr Hariri to head a negotiating team at an upcoming round of UN-backed peace talks in Geneva, spokesman Ahmad Ramadan told Reuters on Friday

- The Daily Star - LB

'Kalam Ennas' host charged with insulting the president.

Mount Lebanon Attorney General Judge Ghada Aoun Friday charged Lebanese television presenter Marcel Ghanem of insulting the president on his weekly talk show - a crime punishable by six months to two years in prison.

- The Daily Star - LB

Hariri: Lebanon's stability is my main concern.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has assured regional bankers that Lebanon's stability is his top concern, one day after walking back his shock resignation that threw his country into turmoil.Hariri, speaking at the Arab Banking...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Will realignment in the Middle East lead to rare stability or an eruption?.

Not only has the crisis in Lebanon been defused by the return of prime minister Saad Hariri – at least temporarily – the rest of the Middle East is undergoing a realignment

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Cinema: love-hate ties between Syria-Lebanon at Cairo fest.

With film 'Mahbas'. Festival focuses on war with 'Rain of Homs'


Jumblatt rejects Iran's interference in Lebanon internal affairs. “We don't take dictations”.

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Friday denounced  Iran's interference in Lebanon's affairs  , a day after Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps head said that Hezbollah weapons were non-negotiable and disarming Hezbollah was out of the question . In a tweet early morning, Jumblatt responded to IRGC chief ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Hariri is back and so is Lebanon's status quo.

BEIRUT, Nov 24 — His shock resignation and mysterious stay in Saudi Arabia had sparked fears of chaos but Prime Minister Saad Hariri's homecoming appears to signal a return to what Lebanon's political class does best: The status quo. The...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Saudi Arabia has overreached on Iran, Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia and Iran's proxy battles are at the root of much of the death and destruction in the Middle East in recent years.

- The Japan Times - JP

Lebanon's Jumblatt criticizes Saudi over Hariri

BEIRUT - Top Lebanese Druze politician Walid Jumblatt on Friday criticized the way Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri had been treated by "some Saudi circles", the first time he has appeared to direct blame at Riyadh over Hariri's resignation this month.

- Reuters - US

Mine clearance specialist injured in explosion

A demining specialist was injured Friday when an unexploded landmine left by Israel in south Lebanon exploded, a security source told The Daily Star.

- The Daily Star - LB

Hariri calls for cut of wasteful power use at public buildings

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday requested state administrations monitor and cut down on wasteful electricity use.

- The Daily Star - LB

With Saudi Ties Fraying, Lebanese Premier's Construction Empire Crumbles

Saudi Arabia is at the nexus of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's two big problems: his precarious political future and the looming collapse of his construction empire, a business built on decades of support from the Saudi royal family.

- Wall Street Journal - US

We refuse Iranian dictation: Jumblatt

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt Friday refused any interference in Lebanon's affairs, a day after of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps head said that Hezbollah weapons were non-negotiable.

- The Daily Star - LB

French envoy met Hezbollah ahead of Hariri's return: source

Hezbollah officials met with a French envoy earlier this week ahead of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Lebanon, a source close to the party said Friday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Aoun, Salameh meet as PM puts his exit on hold

President Michel Aoun Friday met with Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh in wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to put his resignation on hold.

- The Daily Star - LB

PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first . ” Look for Lebanon's interests”

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday Lebanon's political crisis was a wake-up call' for Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country ahead of regional issues. Hariri was referring to the crisis ignited by his shock announcement on Nov. 4 that he was resigning. He made it from Saudi Arabia, a Sunni ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Mia Khalifa proclaimed her love for Lebanon, but doesn't believe her feelings were reciprocated

A Lebanese-American former glamor model has caused a social media stir after she posted a message on Twitter that proclaimed her love for Lebanon, but added that she did not believe her feelings were reciprocated. In a celebration of Lebanon's Independence Day, Mia Khalifa tweeted: Happy Independence Day to the country I ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Hariri's Return to Lebanon Sparks Celebration — and Speculation

On a day that marked both the return of Lebanon's vanished Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanon's Independence celebrations, supporters of the Sunni politician were out in force. But with his resignation - made in Saudi Arabia amid suspicions he had been forced into it - now put on hold following a meeting with Lebanon's ...

- Voice of America - US

Lebanon struggling to attract investment

FDI from Gulf nations has shrunk in shadow of regional rivalries

- Financial Times - US

'Palestinian refugees' leaving Lebanon en masse

Half the "Palestinian refugees" in Lebanon have emigrated abroad. Hamas official fears the phenomenon will affect the "right of return".

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Hezbollah welcomes Hariri's 'positive' moves

Hezbollah welcomes Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to suspend his resignation.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Banks offer up to 11 pct on pound deposits

To beef up their national currency funds, a number of Lebanese banks are offering up to 11 percent interest on Lebanese pound deposits, sources said Thursday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Hariri tells bankers main concern is 'stability'

Prime Minister Saad Hariri reassured Arab bankers and investors meeting in Beirut that the stability of the country will remain one of his top priorities as Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh projected Lebanon's GDP growth at the end of 2017 to reach 2.5 percent.

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanon's road map to dissociation being finalized

Despite Prime Minister Saad Hariri only announcing that he was delaying his resignation Wednesday, there is already an agreed road map going forward that will see constitutional institutions reactivated soon.

- The Daily Star - LB

IRGC head: Hezbollah arms non-negotiable

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps said Thursday that Hezbollah weapons were not negotiable as they are necessary to protect Lebanon from Israel.

- The Daily Star - LB

Future Movement expresses relief at Hariri's return

The Future Movement parliamentary bloc Thursday expressed its relief following Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to the country, underscoring that it was time for the movement to fight for Lebanon's stability.

- The Daily Star - LB

Beirut mass shooting investigation wraps up

The following security incidents occurred across Lebanon Thursday.

- The Daily Star - LB

U.N. appoints Kardel special coordinator for Lebanon

The U.N. named Danish diplomat Pernille Dahler Kardel as the new U.N. special coordinator for Lebanon Wednesday, replacing Sigrid Kaag, who left last month after serving a two-and-a-half-year term.

- The Daily Star - LB

Terror Task Force Chair: Jihadists 'Are Teaming Up with Violent Drug Lords' in Latin America

Hezbollah and other Islamic terrorist groups are joining forces with violent drug lords' in Latin America to raise money to fund their nefarious activities, posing a grave threat' to U.S. national security, warned Rep. Pittenger during an international forum on the nexus between drug cartels and Islamic extremists.

- Breitbart - US

Monetary impact of Lebanon crisis limited — central bank governor

Salameh was speaking at the Annual Arab Banking Conference in Beirut on Thursday

- GulfNews - AE

Lebanon's property investors hold their nerve

Nobody can say Lebanon's real estate sector is short of optimists.

- The Daily Star - LB

Durable Lebanese banks have earned trust

The resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri demonstrates the unpredictable nature of Lebanese politics.

- The Daily Star - LB

Lebanon's lenders serve public, private masters

Before this month's shock resignation of their prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, many Lebanese had hoped their country was on a course to normality.

- The Daily Star - LB

Hezbollah Sees Hariri's Return to Lebanon as 'Positive'

Lebanon's Hezbollah parliamentary bloc on Thursday described the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Lebanon -- and his subsequent statements -- as positive'. Hariri's return and statements indicate that the situation is returning to normal,' according to a statement issued by the parliamentary bloc. © Copyright Andolu ...

- Albawaba - UK

What happened to Lebanese PM Saad Hariri?

As Saad Hariri "suspends" his shock resignation, we examine what's going on.

- BBC - UK

PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

PM Saad al-Hariri had on November 4 said that he was resigning.

- Zee News - IN

Hariri says resignation on hold, pledges to stay in Lebanon

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Wednesday he was suspending his surprise resignation, pending talks.

- IOL - ZA

Hariri's suspension of resignation 'conditional' – media

Lebanese premier wants to maintain pressure on Hezbollah


Political crisis 'wake-up call', Lebanese premier says

'We must disassociate ourselves from regional conflicts,' Hariri


23rd Arab banking conf. kicks off in Beirut

23rd Arab banking conf. kicks off in Beirut...


What's next for Lebanon now that Hariri is back?

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri came back home stronger, but Riyadh still casts shadow over his political survival.

- Al Jazeera - QA

The Latest: Hezbollah welcomes PM's 'positive' statements

The Latest on developments in Syria : 2:45 p.m. Lebanon's Hezbollah bloc in parliament says Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to the country and "positive remarks" are "promising," and sends a signal that matters "can return to normal."

- FOX News - US

The Latest: Hezbollah says Lebanon PM's remarks 'promising'

The Latest on developments in Lebanon : 3:10 p.m. Lebanon's Hezbollah bloc in parliament says Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to the country and "positive remarks" are "promising," and sends a signal that matters "can return to normal."

- FOX News - US

Iran decides for Hezbollah says disarming it is out of the question, arms issue not-negotiable

Iran's Revolutionary Guards are ready to help rebuild Syria and bring about a lasting ceasefire' there, chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon's Hezbollah is out of the question, state TV reported on Thursday. Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni Muslim monarchy Saudi ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Reuters Video: Hariri supporters in Beirut celebrate his return to Lebanon

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri told his supporters on Wednesday that he would stay with them, after suspending his resignation at the request of President Michel Aoun. — Reuters

- The Malay Mail - MY

Lebanese PM Hariri assures bankers stability comes first

- Townhall.com - US

Hariri puts resignation on hold

Hariri puts resignation on hold...