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August 28, 2014

Lebanon Education Minister Bou Saab said Thursday the country's clashes with Islamist militants has become a 'state of war.' (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT
Amid renewed Arsal violence, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Thursday the situation between Lebanon and thousands of Syrian militants who've crossed over from Syria is a 'state of war'.
Two Syrians were issued arrest warrants Thursday in Lebanon on charges of belonging to a terror group and plotting the Arsal attack. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
In what Lebanon claims to be two separate cases, a Lebanese judge issued warrants form two Syrian nationals. The first is alleged ISIS commander Imad Ahmad Jomaa and the second is Ahmad Jomaa. Sources say the two men are not connected.
Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT
The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.
Israeli police car [AFP]
09:40 GMT
Shin Bet says four Arab citizens known by authorities to be reputed drug dealers were arrested for business ties to narcotics traffickers in Lebanon.
Rebel fighters walk holding their weapons to a position on a front-line in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on August 23, 2014. [AFP]
09:31 GMT
Syria is willing to help Lebanon in its fight against Islamist militants, Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said in remarks published Thursday.

August 27, 2014

The air strikes were targeting militants hiding out along the border. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
Syrian warplanes launched air strikes on Arsal, Lebanon Wednesday.
Lebanon also hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT
There are more than 8,000 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, according to a new report by Lebanese officials.
The Index posted a monthly average of 33.4 in the first half of 2014, increasing by 16.5 percent from the second half of 2013
07:17 GMT
Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index improved marginally in January and February, picked up pace in March and April, and regressed in May and June 2014.

August 26, 2014

A construction site in Beirut displays a huge banner for a building, August 12, 2013 (File/AFP)
09:31 GMT
Figures for construction permits being issued in Beirut dropped slightly by 0.2 percent in 2014. Numbers varied for other cities and towns across Lebanon.
Launch pads used to fire rockets into northern Israel were found by the Lebanese Army Tuesday. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT
Amid fresh rocket fire from Lebanon and retaliation fire from Israel, Lebanese army discovered Tuesday three launch sites in S. Lebanon.
The Nusra Front is believed to be holding three soldiers and 15 policemen (AFP/ File Archive).
06:00 GMT
The Nusra Front says that it may use military options to force the release of militants detained in Lebanon’s prisons

August 25, 2014

Pope Francis and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will also discuss the exodus of Christians from Iraq and Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
17:03 GMT
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will talk with Pope Francis on the Christian sufferings in the Middle East and the Lebanese presidential election stalemate on Wednesday.
The U.S. is the sixth-largest means for electronic cash transfers to Lebanon (File/AFP)
08:58 GMT
World Bank figures showed a decrease in the cost of sending remittances for the U.S. to Lebanon at 10.19 percent in Q2.

August 24, 2014

The video was delivered to the Lebanese government by the Committee of Muslim Scholars. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Star)
16:13 GMT
Video footage of seven Lebanese soldiers held captive by ISIS militants was released Sunday.
Lebanese army reinforced its positions in the town, erecting checkpoints and dispatching patrols. [AFP]
12:46 GMT
The Lebanese Army went on full alert in Arsal Sunday after a militant-affiliated Arsal resident was killed Saturday night and irregular activity targeted the border region’s outskirts.
Tarek Yamani “A condensate of passion. Yamani always manages to be, as Paul Verlaine once said, 'not exactly the same, not exactly another'.” (Image: Bluewhalemusic.com)
12:05 GMT
"It was in New York where it all merged: the Afro American Jazz and the Arabic music," writes 'Victor Argo' in a fascinating tale about Lebanese musician Tarek Yamani and his latest album.
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Lucy." (Image: AP/Universal Pictures, Jessica Forde)
11:25 GMT
Scarlett Johansson’s thriller “Lucy” debuted in first place at the box office in Lebanon last weekend. Did it have anything to do with her kiss with Amr Waked? Hmmm!
The hilarious moment Haifa was drenched in icy water! (Image: YouTube still)
08:16 GMT
While Haifa Wehbe accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, Nancy Ajram preferred to write a cheque instead!
Without the grace period, Syrian refugees living illegally in Lebanon could face severe fines from the Lebanese government. (AFP/Hassan Jarah)
05:00 GMT
Syrian refugees living undocumented in Lebanon will be given a grace period fro Aug. 21 to Dec. 31 to move back to Syria without facing residency violation fines.
Ranking first during all his semesters at AUB, Adib has the highest cumulative GPA in the digitally-recorded history of Lebanon’s leading university.
04:55 GMT
Two young Lebanese have made their way on to the “35 innovators under 35” list issued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to highlight the most promising inventors of the year.
Baghdad has tried to block the KRG from exporting oil on its own, citing a constitutional clause making the central government responsible for oil shipments and revenues.
04:55 GMT
“The Kurds are becoming more confident of their ability to export crude independently of Baghdad.”
While there are no readily available national statistics, a number of experts in the field say anti-depressant sales are on the rise.
04:55 GMT
Recent security and economic concerns are pushing more and more Lebanese into depression, according to psychiatrists.

August 23, 2014

Nusra Front reportedly holds 15 ISF members and three soldiers from Lebanon. The video said their release depends on Hezbolla's exit from Syria. (AFP/File)
21:31 GMT
Islamist extremist group Nusra Front released a video Saturday of captured Lebanese soldiers and ISF members pleading with Hezbollah to leave Syria to ensure their safe release.
Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi has faced criticism over waiting too long to send army forces into Arsal to defend against charging militants. (AFP/File)
09:31 GMT
Amid criticism about military handling of the Arsal battle with Syrian militants earlier in August, Lebanese army COmmader Gen. Jean Kahwagi refutes claims he used the battle for political gains.

August 22, 2014

An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah. [AFP]
13:39 GMT
Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has deplored as a “savage crime” the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL terrorist in a recently released video.

August 21, 2014

Lebanon's general strike aims to freeze government processes as the country remains deadlocked between election boycotts and delays. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT
Amid frustration with public sector salaries, Lebanon prepares for a general strike Thursday.
Patriarch Beshara Rai said Iraq's Christians should stick to their roots and remain in Iraq, despite ISIS violence (File/AFP)
09:52 GMT
Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai urged the international community to help protect Iraq's Christians, during a visit to the Kurdish capital of Irbil.
Dalida loves her birthday boy. (Image: Twitter)
07:00 GMT
From mushy messages to a collage of pics from his sexy spouse, Ramy Ayach was well doted on this birthday.

August 20, 2014

Lebanon's army faced an intense battle with ISIS militants in the border town of Arsal earlier this month (File/AFP)
14:32 GMT
U.S. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa said his government would continue to support the Lebanese army during a meeting with officials Tuesday.
Instagram this! Elissa's bikini pic was met with mixed reactions by her fans! (Image: Instagram)
13:16 GMT
Elissa made some of her fans gasp, and others smile, with her latest bikini shot on Instagram!
The ISIS trainer was killed in an operation carried out by Hezbollah forces, depicted below, and the Syrian army (AFP/ File Archive).
07:55 GMT
Hezbollah has killed an ISIS commander allegedly responsible for preparing suicide bombers for attacks in Lebanon, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014

According to the survey, the most common routes to finding a job in Lebanon are online job sites, through family and friends, and direct applications to target companies.
14:04 GMT
Thirteen percent of recent Lebanese graduates said that the availability of jobs in Lebanon was ‘moderate’ and none of them considered the availability of jobs in the country to be ‘high.’

August 18, 2014

The captives  were distributed amongst militant groups from the Nusra Front as well as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (AFP/ File Archive).
20:00 GMT
The Lebanese government on Monday received a list of demands from the militants who have held members of the Army and Internal Security Forces captive since the eruption of Arsal clashes.
Lebanon currently hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, making up 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT
Lebanese authorities tightened controls on Syrian refugees in Bsharri after a wave of violence between militants and the army across Arsal earlier this month.
A Syrian boy walks through the remains of a refugee camp that was burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:23 GMT
Militants freed two Lebanese soldiers who were kidnapped during clashes between extremists and the army in the border town of Arsal.
Lebanese soldiers stand guard in the streets of Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT
Lebanon's army requested fixed-wing aircrafts from the U.S. to support troops battling extremists in and around the border town of Arsal, an official said.
Nawal Al Zoghbi is known for her sense of style. Sweet shades, Diva! (Image: Facebook)
04:35 GMT
From one fashionista to the other, the Lebanese songstress says she's obsessed with one fellow starlet and her wardrobe. Whom could it be?

August 17, 2014

Diab, 31, hosted a show on the Jordanian radio station and was a lung cancer survivor. (Image: Daily Star)
13:55 GMT
Lebanese journalist Mazen Diab was murdered in Amman this week. Jordanian police arrested four men in suspicion of his murder.

August 16, 2014

An LAF tank outside Arsal. (AFP)
14:22 GMT
Lebanese PM Tammam Salam reassured relatives of kidnapped soldiers and police officers Saturday that the state was exerting all efforts possible to secure the release of their loved ones.
Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to Tfail in April. (AFP/File)
11:28 GMT
The mayor of Tfail said Saturday that the Syrian army ordered residents to evacuate in 48 hours before the military shells the tiny eastern border village in Lebanon.
Lebanese army tanks deploy in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:07 GMT
French authorities are seeking to provide the Lebanese army with used weapons under a $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Saturday.
Carole Samaha getting kisses from the kids. (Image: Facebook)
07:31 GMT
The Lebanese songstress was a hit among the refugees in the region as she participated in a humanitarian effort for her homeland.

August 15, 2014

Lebanon's PM Tammam Salam spoke to an Arsal delegate Friday and vowed to find solutions for the depleted town's growing refugee population.
13:48 GMT
After a bloody battle between the Lebanese army and Syrian militants in Arsal, Lebanon PM Salam spoke Friday about rebuilding the town and addressing a growing number of Syrian refugees he said were partially to blame.