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October 30, 2014

Remember Wadih El Safi? The French soon will too!.
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The man, the late legend, Wadih El Safi, will have a stirring musical tribute thanks to the talents of fellow Lebanese singers Jaheda Wahbe and Melhim Zein.
While Amal is busy working overseas, Clooney is preparing to work on a new comedy with Johansson! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will turn their wit on the complex workings of Hollywood's studios in a comedy featuring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum.
Millions of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the start of the war in 2011. (AFP/File)
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At least one million Syrians live in Lebanon as refugees. Many refugees are happy to have escaped the brutal war raging in their home country, but some are also fearful of their wary hosts.
Bekaa Valley has been the centre of clashes between Syrian militants and Lebanon's army in recent months (File/AFP)
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Dangerous clashes erupted on Wednesday evening between militants and Lebanon's army near Bekaa Valley towns, close to the border with Syria.

October 29, 2014

There were no female ministers in the previous government and women hold a mere 3 percent of seats in Parliament.
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Lebanon is the world’s eighth worst country in terms of gender equality and ranks second worst for women’s participation in politics.
Unnamed Islamist websites encouraged attacks against American or international schools across the Middle East (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT
US officials issued strong security warnings for American schools in the Middle East against potential terrorist attacks after an extremist website threatened to target Western educational facilities.
Lebanese boys look at a bullet-riddled Islamist mural in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood on Oct. 28. Three days of fierce fighting between Lebanese forces and armed Islamists killed at least 16 and forced thousands to flee. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)
08:17 GMT
A Lebanese military official said that as many as 500 Islamist militants had taken part in the four-day battle against Lebanese security and military forces.
A report from the Washington Institute found that poverty is a root cause for violence and terrorism (File/AFP)
07:18 GMT
Is it time to make the most of the anti-IS sentiment across Lebanon? According to a recent report, around one percent of the country's Sunni population supports IS and it's not just terrorism that's to blame.

October 28, 2014

Lebanese and Arab banks, with the help of Central Banks, have upgraded their regulations and laws in recent years to be in line with international norms.
17:16 GMT
U.S. officials urged Arab bankers who attended a recent conference in New York to maintain measures to combat money laundering and terrorist funding.
Fighting ended between Lebanon's army and militants in the port city of Tripoli where over 42 people were killed (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's army arrested 83 suspected militants during a widespread clampdown in northern Lebanon Tuesday after 42 people were killed during clashes in Tripoli.
Lebanon is now home to over 1.5 million Syrian refugees fleeing the neighboring conflict (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's Prime Minister Tamman Salam on Tuesday called on the international community to fund the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country.
Diana will be performing live in an exclusive concert in Fujairah! (Image: Facebook)
11:06 GMT
City Centre Fujairah has announced the next celebrity singer to join its ongoing concert series: Diana Haddad is up next!
Millions of Syrians have fled the raging violence in their country. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT
Children in refugee camps in Lebanon are often forced to work for incredibly low wages to help their impoverished families.
A still from "Ghadi," which will be competing in next year's Oscars in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category. (Image: Daily Star)
07:43 GMT
Amin Dora’s comedy “Ghadi” is seeking international recognition; let's hope it wins "Best Foreign Language Film" in the 2015 Oscars.

October 27, 2014

So far ISIS has executed two Lebanese soldiers (AFP/File Archive).
20:00 GMT
ISIS is threatening to kill two captives if demands they submitted to the Lebanese government are not met, media reported Monday.
The army’s operation to empty the city of the Islamist fighters was now “over” and that the army was carrying out mopping-up operations to clear out any remaining gunmen (AFP/File Archive).
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Fighting between Islamists and the Lebanese army in Tripoli appeared to have stopped on Monday morning.
Maya is one of the spokeswomen for the #PinkStands4 campaign. (Image: Facebook)
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Maya Diab's #PinkStands4 claimed the number one spot on Glamour Magazine's most influential breast cancer awareness campaigns worldwide.
George and Amal's wedding has made one customer oh so very unhappy! (Image: Facebook)
08:51 GMT
One disgruntled customer has complained that their family outing had to be cancelled because of the Clooney's glitzy gathering at Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire.
Lebanese soldiers check ID cards while security is heightened in Tripoli, following intense clashes (File/AFP)
08:47 GMT
Thousands of Lebanese families fled the northern city of Tripoli following a week of intense clashes between the country's army and al-Nusra Front militants.

October 26, 2014

Lebanese soldiers continue to battle militants near Tripoli. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The death toll from three days of fighting between Lebanese troops and IS-inspired militants has risen to 27.
A beautiful picture from Nancy and Fadi's wedding album. (Image: Arabicsongsvideo.com)
14:45 GMT
Nancy Ajram is used to hearing all sorts of rumors about her love life. But now an astrologist is predicting that a divorce is on the horizon!
Algerian health authorities have mobilized medical workers, medicine and equipment to their southern border to counter the spread of Ebola. There is a dedicated isolation unit at Si Haoues Hospital of Tindouf, and thermal detection devices have been set up at border crossings and Tindouf Airport. There have been no cases of Ebola in Algeria.
14:34 GMT
How the Middle East is managing the Ebola menace
These large differences will be translated in Lebanon – as a result of current draft laws – to losses much higher than the $14 billion resulting from the discounts in royalties.
14:20 GMT
While confidentiality is a normal clause in commercial contracts, it is not comprehensible in the context of laws and regulations related to the exploitation of a national resource.
The Lebanese army has been engaged in fierce clashes with militants in the north since Friday night. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT
Militants in northern Lebanon have kidnapped a second Lebanese soldier.
Political instability has scared off wealthy Gulf Arab tourists and some investors.
13:20 GMT
The stimulus packages have comprised low borrowing rates for housing and new projects, including renewable energy.
A still from Nancy Ajram's hit music video "Yalla." She looks like a doll, don't you agree? (Image: Bitajarod.com)
10:56 GMT
"Old" Nancy Ajram is back with her "Yalla" music video, and it captures exactly what we knew her as when she first shot to fame!
The Syrian al-Qaeda wing al-Nusra threatened to begin executing hostages amid intensified clashes between the Lebanese army and IS-inspired militants in Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
The militant group said on Sunday it would begin execute captive Lebanese soldiers and policeman in response to the country's recent crackdown on Tripoli jihadists.
The power couple wedded in a lavish wedding ceremony in Venice last month! (Image: Facebook)
08:48 GMT
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin felt like they needed a third party to celebrate their their nuptials. And they did, in England, this weekend!
Firefighters extinguish flames from a building during clashes between IS militants and the Lebanese army in Tripoli, October 25, 2014 (File/AFP)
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At least 14 people were killed during clashes between IS-inspired militants and Lebanese troops Saturday, according to security sources.
Abu Faour outlined a raft of travel, surveillance, training and medical measures that collectively form the country’s most serious effort yet of dealing with the potential fallout from the Ebola crisis. (File/AFP)
04:00 GMT
The health minister warned Monday that Lebanon faces an “imminent danger” posed by Ebola due to the country’s expat community in West Africa.

October 25, 2014

Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. (File/AFP)
14:00 GMT
Fresh clashes have erupted between the Lebanese army and militants in the northern city of Tripoli.

October 23, 2014

These two have had a struggle for so long. (Image from Albawaba article archive)
21:23 GMT
Haifa Wehbe and Ragheb Alama may just be friends again. We're shocked. Are you?
These two have gotten pretty up close and personal in the past.
21:09 GMT
Wael Kfoury and his co-patriot artist Elissa sure are buddy buddy, but social media flirtations are totally innocent, right?
The doctor responsible for "testing" the patient is “100 percent sure that it is not an Ebola case. (File/AFP)
20:12 GMT
Patient tested at Rafik Hariri hospital tested negative for Ebola, but the hospital conducted a drill causing confusion.
Rafik Hariri University Hospital, where a patient showing symptoms of Ebola is being tested. (File/AFP)
14:27 GMT
A patient showing multiple symptoms of Ebola is being tested at Beirut's Rafik Hariri University Hospital for the virus.
Several Lebanese soldiers defected to IS and Nusra Front in recent weeks, causing concern in the army (File/AFP)
12:19 GMT
Lebanon's army on Thursday vowed to tackle terrorists trying to use the country as a "safe haven" for launching attacks.
Lebanese officials had announced a sharp cap on Syrian refugee intakes this week (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT
The UNHCR representative for Lebanon insisted the country's borders are still open to Syrian refugees days after officials announced a cap on those fleeing the Assad conflict.

October 22, 2014

Haifa Wehbe passed on the ALS challenge to Ellie Saab.
22:01 GMT
The Instagram campaign to support the Lebanese Autism Society managed to find its way to Haifa Wehbe's page.
The Lebanese army has received numerous donation pledges in recent months, the largest two coming from Saudi Arabia with pledges' combined total of $4 billion. (AFP/File)
17:10 GMT
The United Kingdom donated $16 million worth of military equipment to the Lebanese army to defend the country's eastern border from jihadist threat.
Ramy is a pretty good actor in all of his music videos, so acting might come as second nature to him! (Image: Facebook)
13:40 GMT
While acting has become the latest trend for singers in the Arab world, Ramy Ayach wants a piece of the action too!

October 21, 2014

At least 1.13 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in Lebanon (File/AFP)
12:55 GMT
Lebanon's Social Affair Minister said no more Syrian refugees would be allowed in the country following the mass influx of people fleeing the neighboring conflict.
Mayada and Raed are working on a secret project together! (Image: Albawaba edit)
12:49 GMT
While rumors about Mayada al Hinnawi selling her music copyrights are on wild fire, she's busy making music with Joe Raed!
A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

October 19, 2014

Four banks were also listed as being owned or controlled by the Syrian government and sanctioned.
12:08 GMT
he United States blacklisted Lebanese company DK Group for arranging to ship Syrian pound banknotes from Russia to the Syrian central bank, an allegation strongly denied by the company’s general manager.
Supernatural Halloween thriller "Annabelle" brought chills to Lebanon's box office this week!
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Supernatural Halloween thriller "Annabelle" brings chills to Lebanon's box office this week!

October 18, 2014

Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.