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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.

August 20, 2015

Food imports and exports will be carefully examined at Middle East Airlines' new cargo center. (AFP/File)
22:50 GMT
Food imports and exports will be carefully examined at Middle East Airlines' new cargo center.
Byblos Bank said Lebanese residents still have low household confidence on the economy. (AFP/File)
22:50 GMT
Byblos Bank said Lebanese residents still have low household confidence on the economy.
Families of Daesh's Lebanese hostages protest no word from the government on Nov. 17, 2014. (AFP/File)
18:24 GMT
Media reported Thursday a mediator began talking to the militants again about the release of the hostages two weeks ago.
Nicole Saba gets excited about a photo shoot in the beautiful outdoors. (Facebook)
14:32 GMT
Nicole Saba gets excited about a photo shoot in the beautiful outdoors. (Facebook)
Four Iraqis were arrested in a car with fake license plates, which belong to another car used in what the Lebanese army described as a "security act". (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
The Lebanese army detained four Iraqi nationals after they were found to be traveling in a car with fake license plates.

August 19, 2015

A Syrian mother holds her children after they arrive on an overcrowded dinghy in the Greek island of Kos. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
A boat smuggling Palestinians from Tripoli sank off the coast of Turkey on Wednesday.
Salafist cleric Ahmed al-Assir was arrested Saturday at the Rafik Hariri International Airport. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
The Salafist cleric was referred to the Army Intelligence Directorate, reports said Wednesday.
The municipality of Lebanon's coastal town of Jounieh used bulldozers to fill more than ten truckloads of trash per day and paid to have them transported to privately owned land in Tripoli province. (AFP/File)
13:02 GMT
According to recorded confessions, the municipality of the Lebanese city of Jounieh was paying the land owner $500 per load to dispose of the trash in privately owned land in the province of Tripoli.
Ramy Ayach spins around with his friends and wife Dalida at his 35th birthday party. (Al Jaras Magazine)
12:55 GMT
Ramy Ayach spins around with his friends and wife Dalida at his 35th birthday party. (Al Jaras Magazine)

August 18, 2015

Family members of the Lebanese soldiers being held by Daesh hold portraits of the captives during a rally. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
Twelve relatives who traveled to the Lebanese border town of Arsal to beg Daesh militants for the release of nine captive Lebanese soldiers were denied access to them Tuesday despite having reached an agreement with the group.
Union workers in Lebanon declared an open strike on Tuesday when authorities resumed dumping waste at the port. (AFP/File)
16:39 GMT
Union workers in Lebanon declared an open strike on Tuesday when authorities resumed dumping waste at the port.
A Hezbollah fighter takes aim in the region of Qalamoun near the Syrian border town of Zabadani. (Twitter)
12:48 GMT
Al-Manar news reported that Hezbollah forces killed 20 militants in what is being described as the final push for control of the Syrian border town after the expiration of a temporary ceasefire on Sunday.
Maritime exports increased by 87 percent following the choking of land exports due to insecurity. (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
Lebanese exporters apply for $14m worth of subsidies which will cover nearly 50 percent of maritime shipping costs.
Three people were killed and 16 injured at the Masnaa border crossing overnight. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
Three people were killed and 16 injured at the Masnaa border crossing overnight.

August 17, 2015

Few foreign buyers have expressed interest in residential units in Beirut as concerns about security heighten. (AFP/File)
21:59 GMT
Few foreign buyers have expressed interest in residential units in Beirut as concerns about security heighten.
Salma Hayek granted a restraining order against two women who allegedly "threatened to kidnap" her daughter. (Yournextshoes.com)
13:54 GMT
Salma Hayek granted a restraining order against two women who allegedly "threatened to kidnap" her daughter.
Haifa Wehbe: "Never start a journey and use the same road that failed you before." (Facebook)
12:06 GMT
Haifa Wehbe: "Never start a journey and use the same road that failed you before." (Facebook)
Razan Moghrabi chills out with her son Ram in London. (Al Jaras Magazine)
11:09 GMT
Razan Moghrabi chills out with her son Ram in London. (Al Jaras Magazine)
Amel wedded her Lebanese hubby in a star-studded ceremony in Beirut. (File photo)
08:48 GMT
Amel Bouchoucha looed glowing on her honeymoon with her new hubby businessman fiance Waleed Awada.

August 16, 2015

Opposition groups and pro-regime media tell different stories of the same 48 hours in Zabadani. (AFP/FIle)
16:12 GMT
Opposition groups and pro-regime media tell different stories of the same 48 hours.
Elissa gets hair-and-make-up-ready for her Gothenburg concert. (Facebook)
15:00 GMT
Elissa gets hair-and-make-up-ready for her Gothenburg concert. (Facebook)
Dominique Hourani's words of wisdom: "Don't trust too much. Don't love too much. Don't hope too much, because that too much can hurt you so much." (Facebook)
14:52 GMT
Dominique Hourani's words of wisdom: "Don't trust too much. Don't love too much. Don't hope too much, because that too much can hurt you so much." (Facebook)
Rola Saad sports some seriously funny sunglasses... could they be props for her upcoming music video? (Facebook)
14:44 GMT
Rola Saad sports some seriously funny sunglasses... could they be props for her upcoming music video? (Facebook)
Playing with animals: Myriam Klink has a special photo shoot with two pretty horses. (Facebook)
14:38 GMT
Playing with animals: Myriam Klink has a special photo shoot with two pretty horses. (Facebook)
The hard-line cleric was arrested at the Rafik Hariri International Airport over the weekend, and Twitter can't help pointing out a curious resemblance. (AFP/File)
11:16 GMT
The hard-line cleric was arrested at the Rafik Hariri International Airport over the weekend, and Twitter can't help pointing out a curious resemblance.
Detained Salafist cleric Ahmed al-Assir will be subject to a DNA test to confirm it's really him after he had undergone a number of plastic surgery operations. (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT
Detained Salafist cleric Ahmed al-Assir will be subject to a DNA test to confirm it's really him after he had undergone a number of plastic surgery operations.

August 15, 2015

Lebanese army troops in Arsal watch as smoke rises from an explosion. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
The commander of a Free Syrian Army unit that operates in the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal and its outskirts was shot dead by unknown gunmen Friday, a security source told The Daily Star.
A source said Islamic cleric Ahmed al-Assir has undergone a number of plastic surgeries. (AFP/File)
12:35 GMT
Lebanese authorities on Saturday arrested a fugitive Islamic cleric wanted for his role leading an anti-Hezbollah efforts and deadly clashes with the army.
Hezbollah remains on the US terror list and was blacklisted by the EU in 2013. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
Kuwait authorities seized a large arms cache smuggled from Iraq and hidden beneath houses near the border.
The Investment Development Authority of Lebanon will soon receive a $21 million treasury loan to subsidize maritime exports for the coming seven months. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The Investment Development Authority of Lebanon will soon receive a $21 million treasury loan to subsidize maritime exports for the coming seven months.