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Bassil reiterated that the size of trade between Lebanon and Latin America, which has about 12 million Lebanese and their descendants, has not exceeded $14 million per year during the last five years.
04:55 GMT
Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil signed a free-trade agreement with the Mercosur countries of Latin America, stressing the importance of maintaining good relations with the bloc.

December 17, 2014

Last week, both 95-octane and 98-octane gasoline fell by LL800 and are now priced at LL26,400 and LL27,100 (17 USD and 18 USD).
14:26 GMT
The decline in fuel prices comes against the background of Brent oil falling to a new five-year low.
Lebanon's army battled fierce clashes along the country's borders with Syria in September. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
Iran's government said it was awaiting a vote from Lebanese authorities on accepting military aid Tuesday.

December 16, 2014

Amal is as fascinating to us as she is to Barbara Walters! (Image: Telegraph)
08:05 GMT
ABC host Barbara Walters has named Amal Alamuddin "Most Fascinating Person of 2014" and you won't believe the reason behind it?

December 15, 2014

Libyan soldiers patrol the city of Benghazi during unrest. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT
Egypt's foreign ministry Monday reissued a security warning to nationals in Libya after the death of two citizens during clashes.
George and Amal looked all smiley after enjoying a dinner date. (Image: Daily Mail)
09:50 GMT
Amal and George Clooney went out for dinner in LA... don't they have access to a kitchen away from their London home?

December 14, 2014

New demands have been issued for the servicemen's release, including the release of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's ex-wife, who is currently in Lebanese custody. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.
Majida performs on the Al-Ahliyya Amman University stage on December 12, 2014. (Image: Facebook)
13:26 GMT
Majida el Roumi graced the stage in Amman on Friday, with a beautiful concert filled with "Love and Peace."
Family members of captive Lebanese servicemen demonstrate for their safe return. At least 25 are still being held captive by Nusra Front and ISIL militants, who are calling for a massive prisoner exchange. (AFP/File)
11:33 GMT
After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.
Lebanese authorities have cracked down on Islamists in recent months amid rising tensions following the October attacks in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
10:58 GMT
Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.
Herve Falciani gave prosecutors in France and Spain data on thousands of Swiss bank accounts.
05:55 GMT
Switzerland has charged a former computer analyst at HSBC’s private bank in Geneva with industrial espionage and breaching the country’s secrecy laws.
The 1.85 million euro EU-funded project aimed at enhancing Lebanon’s tax collection process both quantitatively and qualitatively.
04:55 GMT
The European Union announced Friday the completion of a project to modernize Lebanon’s tax administration after nearly two years of cooperation between the French and Lebanese Finance departments.

December 12, 2014

ISIL began taking over multiple cities in Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT
The sister-in-law of ISIL commander Anas Sharkas, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ali al-Shishani, has been arrested in the Bekaa Valley, her husband told The Daily Star Friday.

December 11, 2014

Assi and his buddy Kazem will be bringing in the New Year together in Beirut. (Image: Facebook)
11:28 GMT
Get ready to celebrate the New Year with Assi Helani and Kazem el Saher in Beirut this December!
Diana Haddad and her fans pensively wait for her album release on December 17th. (Image: Facebook)
10:56 GMT
The Lebanese singer has a holiday gift for her fans - an “Ya Bashar” (Oh People) album release one week before Christmas!

December 10, 2014

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25 when Michel Sleiman's six-year term ended. (Photo: AFP/Patrick Baz)
11:17 GMT
Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday postponed to Jan. 7 Lebanon's presidential election after Parliament failed for a 16th time to elect a new head of state as the country marks 200 days without a president.
An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon. (Photo: AFP)
09:44 GMT
An ISIS commander whose wife was recently arrested by the Lebanese Army has called on jihadi militants to fight Hezbollah inside Lebanon, accusing the Lebanese government of being an accomplice to the powerful movement.
Saja al-Dulaimi was formally arrested with Palestinian husband Kamal Khalaf on Tuesday in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Lebanon has announced the formal arrest of ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over terrorism-related charges, after conflicting reports of the release of 25 Lebanese hostages being held by militants.

December 9, 2014

Ahlam with her attacker husband Mubarak al Hajery. (Image: Facebook)
11:51 GMT
Cameraman Taher Nassif filed a lawsuit against Ahlam's husband after he'd attacked him on the set of Arab Idol. Did money make him drop the lawsuit now?
Elissa's alone on the couch - allegedly no man in her life right now. (Image: Facebook)
10:23 GMT
We thought she was head over heels for a mystery man, but Lebanese singer Elissa admits he's already out of the picture.
A Syrian refugee sits outside his tent in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, March 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees. Between clashes in the bordering Bekaa Valley and Syria, refugee tents being set alight and ongoing tension, it is not a good idea to start playing the blame game.
Israeli authorities have so far denied claims of carrying out air strikes in Damascus over the weekend. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT
Israeli air strikes in Damascus allegedly killed two Hezbollah fighters, according to Al Arabiya news Monday.

December 8, 2014

Lebanon is located in the heart of the Levant basin, where seismic surveys indicate the presence of huge oil and gas reserves.
15:51 GMT
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told Al-Akhbar that he received information a few days ago confirming that Israel has started stealing Lebanese gas.
Lebanon is one of the countries in the world with banking secrecy laws, which were created to further strengthen the financial systems in the country.
15:14 GMT
There is no threat to Lebanon’s banking secrecy, despite the mounting pressure from the international community to disclose the accounts of Lebanese with dual passports.
Security was tightened along the border with Lebanon after Israeli warplanes bombed Damascus on Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT
Israel tightened security along the border with Lebanon over fears of clashes after the Jewish state bombed Syria a day earlier.

December 7, 2014

Waleed takes a selfie with Ragheb at Sabah's funeral last month. (Image: Facebook)
11:12 GMT
Ragheb Alama was under fire last week after allegedly taking a selfie at Sabah's funeral.
A man walks through a makeshift refugee camp, which was burnt down in the Bekaa Valley, December 2, 2013. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Tents belonging to Syrian refugees were set on fire by unknown assailants Sunday in the northern region of Akkar.
At least four Lebanese soldiers have been killed by militant groups in recent months. (AFP/File)
08:21 GMT
Nusra Front militants claimed responsibility for killing a captured Lebanese policeman after the victim's body was found in Bekaa Valley.
A woman of many nationalities: Sabah had the Jordanian, Egyptian and American nationalities. (Image: Albawaba edit)
08:08 GMT
Just when you thought you knew everything about the late Sabah, this comes to life...
The Lebanese army operation comes after a military patrol unit was ambushed by militants Tuesday, leaving six Lebanese soldiers dead. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
Lebanese troops hit several militant hideouts on the outskirts of Arsal Saturday using heavy artillery fire and drone support. The border town has been the sight of brutal clashes with ISIL and Nusra militants during the last several months, most recently when a military patrol unit was ambushed and six soldiers killed Tuesday.

December 5, 2014

There are around 18 separate groups based in Qalamoun, fighting on separate fronts. (File photo)
19:00 GMT
The group under the command of the Nusra Front leader in Qalamoun, Abu Malek al-Talli, engaged in fighting with ISIL gunmen.
These two have had a great working relationship over the year. (photo courtesy of blogmox)
05:00 GMT
After Al Jaras Magazine reported that Ragheb and Nancy had blocked each other online, the Lebanese superstar thought it proper to clear the air that all is well between him and Arabia's sweetheart songstress.

December 4, 2014

Wages paid to administrators at AUB are on average 20 to 70 percent higher relative to their counterparts in the United States.
19:23 GMT
“What one administrator earns in a month is more than what an instructor earns in a year.”
Skip&Die will be performing a set of their "psychedelic, tropical club pop." (Image: Laura Andelou, courtesy of BBIMF)
11:30 GMT
The Beirut and Beyond International Music Festival is back this December to showcase emerging artists deemed deserving of wider local and international exposure.