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Hezbollah wins pledge that Lebanese hostages will be released
May 23, 2012 11:55 AM
BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Ali Ammar said Wednesday that his party has been assured of the release of at least 11 Lebanese men kidnapped a day earlier in Syria. “We’ve been promised they will be released,” Ammar told The Daily Star in reference to the Lebanese hostages who were...
Jumblatt says ties with Arslan strong, confirms private nature of Saudi visit
April 27, 2012 02:06 PM
BEIRUT: PSP leader Walid Jumblatt slammed Friday a report in Al-Akhbar newspaper, reasserting his deep-rooted ties with the head of Lebanese Democratic Party and said the paper’s account of his trip to Jedda’s fish market, where he feasted on shark meat, was on the dot. Al-Akhbar said...
Woman lured Saudi kidnap victims to Iraqi gang: Charbel
April 26, 2012 01:04 PM
BEIRUT: The Iraqi group behind the kidnapping of two Saudi nationals in Lebanon, who have been released, included a female member who was used to lure her unsuspecting victims, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Thursday. “They [Saudi kidnap victims] were lured by a girl,” Charbel...
Gemayel’s no-confidence vote has not split coalition: March 14
April 21, 2012 01:25 AM
BEIRUT: March 14 officials scrambled Friday to perform damage control one day after Metn MP Sami Gemayel of the Kataeb Party called for a vote of confidence in the Cabinet against his coalition’s will. March 14 MPs stressed that the move had not sparked divisions within the alliance’s...
Future MP denies Gemayel's no-confidence move indicates March 14 split
April 20, 2012 01:30 PM
BEIRUT: Despite Kataeb Party MP Sami Gemayel’s unilateral move for a no-confidence vote against the government Thursday, Future MP Nidal Tohmeh told The Daily Star Friday that "the March 14 coalition remains cohesive."Tohmeh said that March 14 “understands and respects” Gemayel’s move, which came...
American found dead in remote area of Lebanon
December 20, 2011 12:03 PM
BEIRUT: Lebanese security officials confirmed that the body of missing American John Redwine was found Tuesday in a remote mountainous area of the country.“As a result of the search operation, John Redwine was found dead in the mountain region of Sannine,” a statement by the Lebanese Army...
Top leaders endorse ISF promotion decree, 25 colonels to be promoted
December 16, 2011 02:12 AM
BEIRUT: Top leaders have signed a controversial decree that will promote 25 colonels in the Internal Security Forces to the rank of brigadier general. President Michel Sleiman inked the decree Thursday evening, according to the National News Agency. The promotion decree has generated controversy...
Lebanese banks association covers 2011 STL dues
December 16, 2011 02:12 AM
BEIRUT: The Association of Banks in Lebanon said Thursday it donated $32 million to the Higher Relief Committee to cover the HCR’s recent payment for Lebanon’s share toward the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The ABL board “unanimously decided to cover the amount paid by the Higher...
Controversial police officers promotion signed
December 15, 2011 08:00 PM
BEIRUT: Police chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi said Thursday a controversial decree promoting 25 colonels to brigadier generals had been signed. “The decree has become a reality after it gained the signatures of the interior minister, the prime minister and the finance minister and endorsed by...
Banks pay $32M STL dues to relief committee
December 15, 2011 02:49 PM
BEIRUT: The Association of Banks in Lebanon said Thursday it donated $32 million to the Higher Relief Committee to cover the HCR’s recent payment for Lebanon’s share toward the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.The ABL board “unanimously decided to cover the amount paid by the Higher Relief Committee...
PM's office pays Lebanon's STL dues
November 30, 2011 03:24 PM
BEIRUT: The government paid Wednesday its $36 million share of the annual funding for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced, averting the collapse of the Hezbollah-led March 8 government. Political sources told The Daily Star the money came from the budget of the...
Lebanon celebrates Independence Day with mixed feelings
November 22, 2011 01:44 PM
BEIRUT: Lebanese officials offered mixed feelings as the celebrations for the 68th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence got under way Tuesday. President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn and Lebanese Army commander Gen....
Security tightened around embassies in Lebanon
November 18, 2011 12:52 PM
BEIRUT: Security has been beefed up around Arab and Western embassies in Lebanon after the Arab League decision to suspend Syria was met with attacks on diplomatic missions there, the interior minister's office told The Daily Star Friday. “Security around Arab and non-Arab embassies...
Aisamy daughter hits back at MP’s remarks
November 12, 2011 01:27 AM
BEIRUT: The daughter of Syrian dissident Shibli Aisamy, Rajaa Sharafeddine, hit back Friday at comments suggesting her father had been killed, saying the family had received confirmation that the 86-year-old is being held in Syria. “We have received confirmation from a number of sources that...
Aisamy being held in Syria: daughter insists
November 11, 2011 01:52 PM
BEIRUT: The daughter of Syrian dissident Shibli Aisamy, Rajaa Sharafeddine, hit back Friday at comments suggesting her father had been killed, saying the family had received confirmation that the 86-year-old is being held in Syria. “We have received confirmation from a number of sources that...


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