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September 3, 2015

The private sector contracted further in August as business conditions and political tensions worsen in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
23:10 GMT
The private sector contracted further in August as business conditions and political tensions worsen in Lebanon.
A Lebanese activist holds his national flag during a mass rally on Aug. 29, 2015 at the iconic Martyrs Square in Beirut. (AFP/File)
19:46 GMT
Two activists were arrested Thursday for spray-painting parking meters during protests outside of the Interior Ministry.
Sixteen Lebanese servicemen are still being held by Nusra Front. (AFP/File)
16:53 GMT
Sixteen Lebanese servicemen are still being held by al-Nusra Front.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabhi Berri postponed the next vote till September 30. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Lebanese parliament failed to elect a new president for the 28th time while anti-trash protests have brought the country to deadlock.

September 2, 2015

Ragheb Alama heads to Milano from Geneva in a v sexy Ferrari! (Facebook)
10:18 GMT
Ragheb Alama heads to Milano from Geneva in a v sexy Ferrari!
Carole is now the proud mama of baby Tala. (Instagram)
09:39 GMT
Singer Carole Samaha gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Monday.
The men were charged with plotting attacks against the Gulf state. (AFP/File)
08:14 GMT
Police in Kuwait arrested 24 people Tuesday for allegedly having links to Iran and Hezbollah, a statement said.
Lebanon was the seventh largest source of greenfield FDI projects among 19 Arab countries, behind the UAE. (File photo)
06:00 GMT
Lebanese investors have put $7.2 billion in outward greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) between January 2003 and May 2015, according to a report by fDi Markets.

September 1, 2015

A protester makes obscene signs towards riot policemen as his comrades try to cross the barbed wire separating them from the governmental palace at the end of a mass rally against a political class seen as corrupt and incapable of providing basic services on August 29, 2015 at the iconic Martyrs Square in Beirut. (AFP/STR)
12:10 GMT
You Stink protesters demanded the immediate resignation of the environment minister over the country's worsening trash crisis.
The renowned Lebanese Ghada Shbeir's concert will close the 13th Bibliotheca Alexandrina Summer Festival. Shbeir talks about her journey with music and Arab-Andalusian heritage. (Facebook)
10:50 GMT
The renowned Lebanese Ghada Shbeir's concert will close the 13th Bibliotheca Alexandrina Summer Festival. Shbeir talks about her journey with music and Arab-Andalusian heritage.
One of the selfies Elissa was made fun of on Instagram. (Instagram)
08:57 GMT
Lebanese superstar's fans take to Twitter to #SelfieLikeElissa.

August 31, 2015

A member of the Syria Civil Defense "White Helmets" holds up a sign to raise awareness of civilian deaths in the Syrian border town. (Twitter)
16:47 GMT
Renewed clashes in the Syrian border town of Zabadani have left six militants dead as Hezbollah and the Syrian army continue their advance two days after the collapse of a ceasefire.
A Fatah official in Ain al-Hilweh said the group controls four of the 11 districts in the camp. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayat)
15:17 GMT
A Fatah official in Ain al-Hilweh said the group controls four of the 11 districts in the camp.
The Season 5 trailer teases the ghosts of Carrie's past coming back to haunt – and possibly kidnap – her.(Ledgergazette.com)
14:39 GMT
StepFEED gives us 7 signs that show ‘Homeland’ showrunners know nothing about Lebanon.
Sukleen, the company responsible for collecting Lebanon's trash, started a strike and began a crisis that evolved to a call for economic reform. (AFP/File)
13:40 GMT
Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnouq asked the Lebanese prime minister to appoint someone in his place.
Lebanese security forces and emergency personnel gather outside a cafe targeted by a suicide bombing on Jan. 10, 2015 in the Jabal Mohsen Alawite neighborhood of Tripoli. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
13:09 GMT
Lebanese security said the militant confessed to recruiting for Daesh and fighting for the extremist group.
Stars Nidal al Ahmadieh and Assala are at war... a Twitter war! (Alsayeda.net)
10:09 GMT
Stars Nidal al Ahmadieh and Assala are at war... a Twitter war!
AP was criticized for describing Amal Clooney as an 'actor's wife' in coverage of the Al Jazeera trial. (AFP)
08:06 GMT
Seriously AP? Amal Clooney is much more than just an "actor's wife"!

August 30, 2015

Screenshot from Homeland Season 5 trailer. (YouTube)
15:48 GMT
The trailer is out for the TV show that digs into the fight against terror.
Assala seriously has some frenemies. (Facebook/Youssef Hamiddine)
15:31 GMT
Assala is headed to Lebanon, and on her way she sent a tweet that's got Nidal Al Ahamadieh all kinds of angr.
Myriam Fares celebrates her first wedding anniversary with Dany Mitri. (Ali Express)
11:14 GMT
Myriam Fares celebrates her first wedding anniversary with Dany Mitri.
Iraqi men hold up national flags and protest against corruption, August 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT
Since Tunisian street vender Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in 2011 sparking the Arab revolts, it was against corruption. Over the years, demonstrations have continued across the Middle East by why is corruption still never-ending?
Saturday's protest was considered the largest independent demonstration ever mobilized in the capital Beirut. (AFP/file)
10:21 GMT
A protest calling for massive parliamentary restructuring took a violent turn in Beirut Saturday, with demonstrators promising further escalation if the Lebanese government failed to respond.
As garbage continues to pile up in Beirut, thousands of Lebanese protest the government's failure to clear trash from the city streets. (Al Bawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
Thousands of Lebanese people gathered in Beirut on Saturday to protest against the worsening garbage crisis in the country.
Enhanced due diligence has been a feature of modern regional banking, especially in combating terrorism financing. (Saida Online)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese and Arab banks are feeling the strain from high compliance costs, hampering their ability to properly finance regional economies, says union official.

August 28, 2015

A cell in Lebanon's Roumieh prison. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT
Inmates at the controversial prison said Thursday they will fast until they were provided with cold drinking water and fans for the hot summer heat.
Beirut's trash crisis began in July when Lebanon's Environment Ministry closed its largest Naameh landfill site. (Al Bawaba/File)
12:56 GMT
A large crowd of demonstrators has once again taken to the streets of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to express anger over the worsening garbage crisis in the Arab country.

August 27, 2015

Notorious Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir was detained by Lebanese authorities as he was trying to board a plane to Nigeria. (AFP/File)
17:25 GMT
Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir on Thursday admitted to funding a militant group involved in armed clashes against the Lebanese military.
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday. (AFP/File)
17:25 GMT
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday.
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs.
Zabadani has been at the forefront of clashes between rebels and Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Warring factions in the Syrian border region of Zabadani agreed on a two-day ceasefire following ongoing clashes.
Gunmen march through Sidon's Ain al-Hilweh camp. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayat)
08:30 GMT
Palestinian officials said the ceasefire between rival factions remained in place despite the breach Wednesday night.
In Beirut, trash mounds as there is no system in place for disposing the waste or recycling it. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
The village of Arabsalim knows how to manage its waste.
Lebanese activists march toward the American University hospital in downtown Beirut on Aug. 26, 2015, in support of the protesters injured in clashes with police. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
07:49 GMT
Protests in Lebanon continued Wednesday in solidarity for a severely injured protester.
Hundreds of Palestinians fled the refugee camp following weeks of violence. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Palestinian factions in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp agreed on a ceasefire after weeks of violence between armed units.
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe. (AFP/File)
02:49 GMT
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe.
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
02:37 GMT
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns. (AFP/File)
02:02 GMT
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns.

August 26, 2015

Lebanese street cleaners collect trash from Beirut a week after protesters shut down the country's largest landfill, leaving piles of trash on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
22:22 GMT
More garbage truck drivers staged a sit-in and demanded to know the fate of their jobs after the company's contract expires.
Lebanon's Cabinet refused the selection of companies to manage Lebanon's waste. (AFP/File)
22:08 GMT
Lebanon's Cabinet refused the selection of companies to manage Lebanon's waste.
Mughassil is the alleged mastermind behind the Khobar tower bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US airmen. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
Saudi security officials on Tuesday said they had apprehended the mastermind behind the 1996 bombing of the Khobar towers that left hundreds of US servicemen dead or wounded.
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask stands in the middle of clashes between demonstrators and police in central Beirut, August 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Violence continued in Beirut after Lebanon's cabinet failed to reach an agreement on how to resolve the country's rubbish crisis.
A number of Daesh networks are being monitored by Lebanese intellgience. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Three Lebanese men were arrested by security forces under suspicion of forming a Daesh recruitment cell.
Over 5,400 refugees live in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp near southern Sidon. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
UNRWA condemned recent violent clashes in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Helweh, which left thousands of people displaced.

August 25, 2015

Lebanese men hold their national flag as they stand on a concrete blast wall, spread with graffiti depicting various political groups and bearing messages against police brutality, before its dismantlement on August 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
19:28 GMT
Two protesters were injured in Beirut when they crossed a barbed wire barrier and were beaten by Lebanese police wielding batons during renewed protests in the Lebanese capital.
Elissa speaks up. (Image Archive)
18:14 GMT
Elissa calls for peaceful, Ghandi-like response to Lebanon's heated garbage crisis.
The image of a crying Lebanese soldier was widely shared across social media channels on Monday, with users both criticising and sympathising with him. (Facebook)
14:50 GMT
The #YouStink campaign has real people on either end of the police barrier.
Two Lebanese sisters kidnapped by al-Nusra Front arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after a secret deal with Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
13:17 GMT
Two Lebanese sisters kidnapped by al-Nusra Front arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after a secret deal with Hezbollah.
Graffiti depicting various political groups and bearing messages against police brutality are seen on concrete blast wall in front of the seat of the Lebanese government in central Beirut on August 25, 2015.
12:55 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam ordered the removal of a massive concrete barricade in downtown Beirut some 24 hours after it had been erected Lebanese security forces.
Clashes between rival Palestinian groups left two dead and at least three injured Monday evening in Ain el-Hilweh after a recent string of violence. (AFP/File)
09:34 GMT
Clashes between rival Palestinian groups left three dead and at least 35 injured Monday evening in Ain el-Hilweh after a recent string of violence.

August 24, 2015

Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk on Monday said biddings for companies to manage the country's waste were completed. (AFP/File)
18:57 GMT
Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk on Monday said biddings for companies to manage the country's waste were completed.
A Lebanese protester throws clothes on a pile of burning tires as demonstrators block a road in the southern city of Sidon on Oct. 20, 2012. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
13:10 GMT
Witnesses said the 19-year-old man poured gasoline on himself near the Grand Serail in the southern city on Sunday.
Lebanon's International Security Forces said police detained 32 people after anti-government protests in downtown Beirut. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT
Lebanon's International Security Forces said police detained 32 people after anti-government protests in downtown Beirut.
Lamitta Frangieh and her hubby enjoy elegant Cannes together. (Al Jaras Magazine)
11:27 GMT
Lamitta Frangieh and her hubby enjoy elegant Cannes together.
Loving Nancy Ajram in red from her Ehmej concert last night. (Cutehashtag.com)
11:16 GMT
Loving Nancy Ajram in red from her Ehmej concert last night.
Lebanese protesters clash with riot police following a demonstration, organized by the "You Stink" campaign, to protest against the ongoing country's trash crisis on Aug. 23, 2015 in the capital Beirut. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
What started as a cry to solve the garbage crisis ended up a symbol of Lebanese strength against government corruption.
Carole Samaha and her hubby begin the final countdown until the arrival of their little bundle of joy. (Al Jaras Magazine)
11:00 GMT
Carole Samaha and her hubby begin the final countdown until the arrival of their little bundle of joy. (Al Jaras Magazine)
Two Gulf countries advised their citizens on Monday to avoid traveling Lebanon as protests and police clashes intensify. (AFP/File)
09:51 GMT
Two Gulf countries advised their citizens on Monday to avoid traveling Lebanon as protests and police clashes intensify.
Lebanese protesters carry an injured girl during clashes with riot police following a demonstration, organized by "You Stink" campaign, to protest against the ongoing country's trash crisis on Aug. 23, 2015 in Beirut. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
Clashes with police intensified Saturday on the second day of protests by thousands of Lebanese residents.
Rande Gerber, Amal & George Clooney, Mario Testino and Cindy Crawford at the official launch of Casamigos Tequila in Ibiza. (News.com.au)
08:50 GMT
The Clooneys and their besties Cindy Crawford and her hubby Rande Gerber hit Ibiza to celebrate the Spanish launch of their tequila brand.
A member of the Red Cross attends to a protester injured during riots in Beirut, August 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
The Lebanese group calling itself "You Strink" postponed further demonstrations Monday after a protester was killed.
Myriam Klink has a fan in George Wassouf! (Facebook)
06:51 GMT
Even George Wassouf loves him some Myriam Klink.
Ragheb Alama is one of the stars showing his solidarity. (Archived Image)
05:04 GMT
Haifa Wehbe, Ragheb Alama, and other stars have shown their support of the "You Stink" campaign by protesting themselves or expressing solidarity via social media.

August 23, 2015

Lebanese protesters and riot police stand at opposite sides of a barbed wire fence during a demonstration organized by "You Stink" campaign on August 23, 2015 in the capital Beirut. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
18:23 GMT
For the second day in a row, Lebanese security forces clashed with protesters during a rally organized by the "YouReek" campaign, firing tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, and water cannons on the crowd of thousands.
An initiative to restore a rundown Jewish cemetery in southern Lebanon was funded anonymously by a New York-based member of the diaspora. (YouTube)
17:07 GMT
An initiative to restore a rundown Jewish cemetery in southern Lebanon was funded anonymously by a New York-based member of the diaspora.
Members of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement stand next to the coffin of Mohamed al-Atrach, who was killed in combat alongside Syrian government forces near Zabadani, during his funeral procession in a southern suburb of Beirut on August 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
Four Hezbollah fighters were killed in the Syrian border town of Zabadani as the group continued their slow advance to reclaim the city from opposition fighters.
Tensions between rival groups in the Palestinian refugee camp intensified after the assassination of Fatah Movement leader Talal al-Urduni. (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT
Armed groups in the Palestinian refugee camp reached an agreement to stop the fighting.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference on August 23, 2015 at the Grand Serail, his headquarters in the capital Beirut, a day after clashes erupted between Lebanese security forces and demonstrators calling for a solution to weeks of uncollected rubbish. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
11:29 GMT
Prime Minister Tammam Salam assured the public that those responsible for violence against protestors in downtown Beirut will be held responsible.
Lebanese protesters gesture during a demonstration organized by the "You Stink" campaign against the ongoing trash crisis in the capital Beirut on August 22, 2015.At least 16 people were injured on when clashes erupted in central Beirut between Lebanese security forces and demonstrators calling for a solution to weeks of uncollected rubbish.  AFP/ Anwar Amro
10:50 GMT
Lebanese protesters gesture during a demonstration organized by the "You Stink" campaign against the ongoing trash crisis in the capital Beirut on August 22, 2015.At least 16 people were injured on when clashes erupted in central Beirut between Lebanese security forces and demonstrators calling for a solution to weeks of uncollected rubbish
After a trash crisis in July, protesters and a hashtag in Beirut say the streets aren't the only thing that need cleaning. (AFP/File)
10:41 GMT
After a trash crisis in July, protesters and a hashtag in Beirut say the streets aren't the only thing that need cleaning.
Haifa Wehbe is fed up with the haters and spammers on her Instagram account, and she had something not so nice to say to them. (Instagram)
10:16 GMT
Haifa Wehbe is fed up with the haters and spammers on her Instagram account, and she had something not so nice to say to them.
Michel Naim Aoun is a former Lebanese Army Commander and now a politician and leader of the Free Patriotic Movement. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT
Over the years, many supporters stood with Aoun, seeing him as a force of change in Lebanon's trying political climate. But has Aoun become just another political elite, promising reform but failing to deliver?
The US president promised economic pressure on Iran to reconsider its backing of the Lebanese militant group. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT
The US president promised economic pressure on Iran to reconsider its backing of the Lebanese militant group.

August 22, 2015

Lebanese security forces scuffle with a protester during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis in the capital Beirut on August 22, 2015. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
23:16 GMT
Lebanese security forces clashed with protestors in Beirut on Saturday, firing tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons in what is being described as one of the most violent rallies the country has witnessed in years.