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“My people resisted the wildness of the wind/defied fear and danger/they will leave and we will stay here/the land will remain ours,” Boutros sang. (Image: The Daily Star)
10:25 GMT
Lebanese singer Julia Boutros has once again raised her voice to the cause of the resistance, this time releasing a song addressing those fighting in Gaza.
Massive Attack accompanied their music with a captivating visual display tackling mass control and the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza. (Image: The Daily Star/Press Photo Agency, handout)
10:12 GMT
British bans Massive Attack gave an outstanding performance in support of Palestine in Lebanon this week.

July 30, 2014

Arsal, a border village, is often a hideout for Syrian fighters. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
Eight Syrians were arrested in Arsal over suspected links with terrorist organizations.
The high-ranking Hezbollah official was killed in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region by Syrian opposition militants (AFP/ File Archive).
10:43 GMT
Ibrahim al-Hajj, also known as Abou Mohammed Salman, was a high-ranking Hezbollah official that was killed on Monday during a battle with Syrian opposition militants in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region.
The Deputy Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk said "we hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel]" (Anwar Amro/ AFP).
07:03 GMT
Hamas has reversed its former position that Hezbollah help was not needed and is now urging Hezbollah to join Hamas in fighting Israel´s offensive in Gaza.
Despite finding success in the South American country, Lebanese-Brazilian industrialists interviewed by The Daily Star say doing business in Brazil has its own challenges.
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It is a story repeated across Brazil, reportedly home to nearly 7 million people of Lebanese descent.

July 29, 2014

A tribute for one of the Lebanese victims of the Air Algerie crash at Ouagadougou Airport in Mali (Sia Kambou /AFP).
11:26 GMT
French authorities have asked for Lebanon's permission to transfer the Lebanese deceased from the Air Algerie plane crash to Paris to conduct DNA testing and compare remains with sample´s taken from victims´ families.

July 28, 2014

Crowds rallied in Ttripoli, Lebanon to express solidarity with Sunni prisoners being held during Eid-al-Fitr. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:21 GMT
Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon call for the release of Sunni militants held for fighting related to the Syrian war.
Lebanese and Israeli border (Shutterstock).
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Amal MP Qassem Hashem said Sunday that rockets being launched from southern Lebanon into Israel were only benefiting the Jewish state and were in fact harming Lebanese border towns.

July 27, 2014

He also pointed out an improvement by 3.8 percent in the business of travel agencies during the past six months compared to the same period last year.
22:45 GMT
Abboud noted that the airlines’ activity will remain this way until Sept. 10, expressing optimism for a great tourism season in August.
The death toll in Gaza has passed over 1000, (77% are civilians, 33% are under age 18).  Up to 120,000 people (of approximately 1.8 million) have been displaced. The world is once again turning a blind eye to Israeli aggression, and in some cases, actively supporting it. Why is it that the abused always turn into abusers?  Will we make it stop?
13:24 GMT
An uptick in regional sadness dampens celebrations for Eid-al-Fitr 2014
 Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
12:51 GMT
An official Lebanese delegation headed on Sunday to Paris en rout to Mali to follow up the probe into the Air Algerie plane that crashed three-days ago and to carry out the necessary procedures to identify the bodies of the Lebanese victims.
Roughly 4,000 fighters have been found in Lebanon's eastern mountain slope. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Hezbollah and Nusra Front fighters continue their battle for control of key areas around the border between Lebanon and Syria.
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun has suggested that he would “give up his right” to become Lebanon's next president in return for a new electoral law that better represents Christians (AFP/ File Archive).
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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun suggested that he would not seek a presidential post if agreement is reached on a new electoral law that better represents Christians.
The Israeli army is on heightened alert over possible escalations in the region on the eve of Eid al-Fitr (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP).
08:27 GMT
On early Sunday the Israeli army went on high alert along the border with Lebanon and the Golan Heights following the possibility of conflict escalation ahead of Eid al-Fitr.
Ellie gave a breathtaking performance at the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center on Wed. (Image: Mix FM)
07:49 GMT
British pop singer Ellie Goulding goes "crazy and weird" at her hit Beirut performance!

July 26, 2014

Photo used for illustrative purposes (Wikimedia Commons).
17:06 GMT
Police said Saturday that they uncovered six drug trafficking networks specialized in smuggling Captagon pills abroad, arresting seven persons involved.
Lebanese Parliament (AFP file photo)
13:19 GMT
Health Minister Wael Abou Faour revealed that discussions are underway over extending the term of parliament for a second time, reported An Nahar daily on Saturday.

July 25, 2014

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah gestures on July 25, 2014, during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb. [AFP]
20:23 GMT
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday vowed "all means of support" to the Palestinian resistance in its battle with Israel, saying the latter had failed miserably in the 18-day conflict in Gaza.
The rockets are believed to have landed inside Lebanese territory (File/AFP)
09:18 GMT
Unknown assailants fired Katyusha rockets towards Israel in the early hours of Friday morning from the south of Lebanon, according to the National News Agency.

July 24, 2014

Soon Nawal is releasing a bran new single! (Image: Facebook)
13:29 GMT
Nawal al Zoghbi is carefully selecting her upcoming single in time for Eid!
A bank assistant counts through money in Lebanon (File/AFP)
13:29 GMT
U.S. legislation to increase financial sanctions on any organization funding or channeling money to Hezbollah won't have any impact on Lebanon's banking sector, according to a report. A sigh of relief?
The increase in tourism resulted from Lebanon’s “renewed openness to Gulf countries and the new dynamic in the tourism sector that accompanied the security plan
10:56 GMT
The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.
Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine defected from his post in Arsal, and released a video criticizing Hezbollah and assaults on Sunni youth (YouTube).
07:46 GMT
Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine released a YouTube video on Wednesday which stated that he had defected to the al-Nusra Front and criticized the military as a Hezbollah tool.

July 23, 2014

Lebanon is concerned about spillover violence from Syria. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT
Lebanese troops surveyed the border with Syria to curb the infiltration of gunmen from Syria.
Political sources claimed there was no interest in electing a new head of state in the absence of agreement on a consensus candidate to succeed former Lebanese President Michel Sleiman (AFP/ File Archive).
10:59 GMT
The Lebanese parliament is scheduled to make its ninth attempt to a elect a president today, however the atmosphere of the electoral session was not serious and a quorum was not expected to be reached.
Angela requested that the venue of her scheduled Baalbek Festival is changed. (Image: Facebook)
09:16 GMT
Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu requested that her scheduled concert at Baalbek’s Bacchus Temple is moved to a different venue.
Marcel's beautiful music brought concert-goers to their feet on Thursday. (Image: Daily Star)
08:44 GMT
Oud virtuoso, vocalist and composer Marcel Khalife brought the Byblos International Festival audience to its feet Thursday evening.

July 21, 2014

Hassan Fadlallah (center right), a parliamentarian representing Hezbollah, says that the movement´s resistance is at the forefront of defending Lebanon (AFP/File).
17:47 GMT
Hassan Fadlallah, a parliamentarian representing the Lebanese resistance movement, said on Sunday that Hezbollah would not be swayed in its fight against Takfiri militant groups operating in Syria.
Haifa believes what her ex-hubby tells her about the Muslim Brotherhood! (Image: Facebook)
08:59 GMT
Haifa Wehbe puts rumors to rest and tells us whether her ex-husband Ahmad Abu Hashima left her because of pressure from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Nasrallah promised his support to the resistance in Gaza during a late-night phone call with Khaled Mashaal. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT
Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah has vowed to support the resistance in Gaza.
FBME was originally established in Cyprus in 1982 as a subsidiary of the Federal Bank of Lebanon SAL.
03:18 GMT
“The Central Bank of Cyprus announces that, under the powers conferred to it by the relevant legislation, [it] has taken over, as of today, the management of the operations of the branch of FBME Bank Ltd. in Cyprus."

July 20, 2014

The protesters, led by Lebanese and Palestinian party officials, raised banners denouncing Israel’s "brutal aggression" (AFP/File)
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Palestinian groups and left-leaning Lebanese parties protested against Israel's offensive in Gaza outside the U.S. embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut on Sunday.
Lebanon's army arrests a man in the northern city of Tripoli, July 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT
Tensions remain high after a terrorist allegedly linked to the Beirut hotel bombings was killed in Tripoli during overnight raids by security forces, while another wanted militiaman was arrested.
Clooney and Alamuddin are set to wed on Sep 12. (Image: Daily Star)
08:19 GMT
Amal Alamuddin officiated at her cousin's wedding and Clooney was there to bear witness!
Iraqi Christian children gather inside the Church of the Virgin Mary for prayers in the town of Bartala, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and minorities in the Iraqi city of Mosul, calling for peace and for eradicating ISIS and other “oppressive” regimes.

July 19, 2014

Lebanese army personal arrest a man in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. (AFP)
08:47 GMT
Security agencies were able to avert a “terrorist scheme” by Syrian opposition groups to involve Lebanon in a “dangerous sectarian” conflict, As Safir newspaper reported on Saturday.
LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.

July 17, 2014

Lebanon has been trying to crack down on outlaws firing rockets into Israel (File Archive)
16:00 GMT
Lebanon filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council Thursday against Israel in response to Tel Aviv's bombardment of Lebanon's southern villages.
Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT
Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.