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April 23, 2014

Wanted fugitive Mohammed Abdullah Jumaa was attacked by masked gunmen in the Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh, but managed to escape (File/AFP)
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A wanted Palestinian member of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al Qaeda affiliated group, narrowly escaped assassination in a refugee camp near Sidon on Wednesday.
An Arab Idol Season 3 judge panel selfie
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Lebanon's parliament was later adjourned Wednesday due to a lack of quorum after many March 8 members walked out of the session (Lebanese Parliament/AFP)
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Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president in the first round of voting Wednesday after no candidates received the necessary two-thirds majority of votes to win the seat.
Assi was able to handle himself quite well on "The Accused." (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Assi Helani was this week's guest on "The Accused" but he had nothing bad to say about anyone!
The Lebanese government recently heightened security in Tripoli due to ongoing violence in the region. (AFP/File)
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Two hand grenades exploded in Tripoli. No casualties were reported.
Arsal has frequently fallen victim to spillover attacks from Syria's civil war (File Archive)
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A Syrian war plane launched several rockets onto the Lebanese border town of Arsal, Al Labweh and Al Nabi Othman. No casualties were reported.
Aid workers brought food, supplies, and medical assistance to the besieged town. (AFP/File)
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Aid workers reached the Lebanese town of Tfail Tuesday. The village is surrounded by the Syrian army, the Syrian opposition, and Hezbollah.
George Clooney is falling hard for Amal Alamuddin!
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At last George Clooney's love has come along it appears! Friends of the "Gravity" star say he's ready to settle down with Lebanese lady Amal Alamaddin.
President Michel Suleiman said Tuesday that he hopes the parliament will elect the next president before Friday's deadline (File Archive)
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Lebanon's parliament will convene Wednesday to elect a president following the expiration of president Michel Suleiman's term.

April 22, 2014

Former premier Rafik Hariri was assassinated in Beirut in 2005 (File Archive/AFP)
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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued new arrest warrants Tuesday for the five suspects accused of involvement in the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.
Saudi Arabia: No surprises here! The oil-rich Kingdom took the lead 39 names on the list with Al-Waleed Bin Talal holding on to the throne (and that libel case he brought against Forbes for “underestimating” his wealth).
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There may always be money in the banana stand but where's the money in the Middle East really coming from? Al Bawaba has dissected the Forbes rich list to help show you where the Middle East's richest men are from.

April 21, 2014

International rating agency Standard & Poor’s has raised its outlook for Lebanon-based Bank Audi, BankMed and BLOM Bank to stable from negative, just a week after upgrading the outlook of Lebanon from negative to stable.
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S&P attributed this revision to the ability of Lebanese banks to finance the public debt thanks to the steady flow of deposits the lenders receive each year.
The Lebanese army will cooperate with Hezbollah to carry out the rescue operation. (AFP/File)
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Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Monday that a plan to rescue a Lebanese border town cut off by Syrian troops will go into effect on Tuesday.
Najwa always chooses the classy way out of arguments. (Image: Twitter)
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Najwa Karam responds in her typically classy way to composer Sameer Safeer's insults.

April 20, 2014

Sherine clearly thinks very lowly of fellow singer Haifa! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Sherine Abdelwahab accuses Haifa Wehbe of giving sexual favors. Haifa's victim? Ricky Martin!
Myriam is proving to the entertainment world that she can do it all! (Image: Facebook)
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Myriam Fares receives rave reviews for her acting skills in "Accusation."
BLOM Bank, Bank Med and Bank Audi all were upgraded from "negative" to "stable" under Standard & Poor's ratings (File Archive)
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Standard & Poor's has raised its outlook for several Lebanese banks in what may be the latest sign of a recovering economy in this MENA country.
Zoe Saldana is best known for her roles in Avatar and as the new Uhura in the resurrected Star Trek franchise. The proudly black Latina actress from Dominica has been broadcasting her other DNA, confirming in a recent TV interview that she is also part Lebanese, loves Lebanese cooking and is uber-proud of her Middle Eastern roots.
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Wake up Hollywood - Western entertainment is overdue for an Arab awakening! Here's Al-Bawaba's list of 10 influential celebrities you didn't know had Arab roots.

April 19, 2014

Mai wasn't shy about voicing her opinion of fellow celebs on "The Accused."
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While being held on "The Accused," Mai Hariri accused fellow celebs of good and not-so-good things!
Syrian army attack: The remote town, home to 3,000 Lebanese and around 5,000 Syrian refugees was also reportedly attacked on Tuesday (File/AFP)
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Lebanese villagers and Syrian refugees fled from the town Tfail, after Syria's army launched a series of artillery strikes in the area.

April 18, 2014

Daoud Farhat (left) and Youssef Ayad (centre), are said to have arrived in Thailand several days before the Jewish holiday of Passover, while the third suspect Bilal Bahsoun, may have not entered Thailand (Image courtesy of Stop910)
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Two Hezbollah suspects planned an attack against Israeli tourists on April 13, according to the Bangkok Post on Friday.
Amid tensions in Tripoli, Lebanese authorities have been clamping down on any suspected terrorist activity across the country (File/AFP)
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The six Palestinians stand accused of the intent to carry out terrorist attacks in Lebanon.
Clashes are common in Tripoli, since the crisis in Syria intensified (File/AFP)
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A military judge issued arrest warrants on Thursday for suspects allegedly involved in Syria-linked Tripoli clashes earlier in April.

April 17, 2014

The suspect allegedly has links to the Al Qaeda affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades (File/AFP)
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Several arrest warrants were issued against Bilal Kayed Kayed before he was apprehended on Thursday.
Lebanon's parliament will meet on April 23 to vote for the country's next president before current President Michel Sleiman's six-year term ends in May (File Archive)
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Lebanon's parliament will meet on April 23 to elect the country's new president.
Israel has kidnapped Lebanese shepherds before. (Photo courtesy of fanack.com)
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The Israeli army kidnapped on Thursday five shepherds, including 2 women and a child, from Lebanese territories in the South.

April 16, 2014

Over one million Syrian refugees are registered with UNHCR in Lebanon (File Archive/AFP)
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Lebanon's interior minister announced Tuesday that Syrian refugees now represent 27% of Lebanon's population

April 15, 2014

Lebanon currently hosts over 1 million refugees from Syria. (AFP/File)
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Lebanese authorities plan to stem the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon.
Jameel prizewinner and Turkish fashion label Dice Kayek (by sisters Ece and Ayşe Ege) evoked Istanbul’s rich architecture with lamé brocade Caftan (recalling luxurious Ottoman robes); Hagia Sophia (a beaded and embroidered satin coat inspired by Byzantine mosaics); and Dome 2 (a sheer cotton blouse folded like the ribs of Istanbul’s roofs).
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An Arab art competition sponsored by architect Zaha Hadid is exhibited in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

April 14, 2014

Lebanese soldiers were deployed to Tripoli in late March to implement a new security plan for the restive city (File Archive/AFP)
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At least 38 individuals have been charged for involvement in gun battles in Lebanon's Tripoli.
Diana has a very busy work schedule ahead of her after filming her music video for "La Fiesta." (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Diana Haddad is releasing a music video for her new single "La Fiesta."
Diwanee is an online journal for "modern Arab women" (Courtesy of Wamda)
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Lebanese startup digital media company Diwanee is paving the way for more domestic startups and entrepreneurs to move onto the global platform.
The Israeli military is preparing for any possible scenario in the besieged Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon, Gantz said. (AFP/File)
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The Israeli military's Chief of Staff Benny Gantz says Tel Aviv is getting ready for what he called future wars against Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Arab Idol is back, baby! Nancy Ajram struck a pose on set the show's third season. (Image: Instagram)
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April 13, 2014

The Lebanese army will soon take control of Beirut's western neighborhood, southern suburbs, and Tariq al-Jadideh district. (AFP/File)
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The army and Internal Security Forces' security plan that has been implemented in the northern city of Tripoli and in the eastern Bekaa Valley will soon be brought to Beirut.
Happy Jordan: Solid choreography and slick production make this a winner!  Produced by BeAmman, a grassroots website that promotes the city of Amman, it sets spectacular dance moves against the backdrop of the Citadel, Roman Amphitheater and Amman skyline. Best scene? The two old men in red fez waving their coats as they dance down the street!
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If it hasn't already reached its sell-by, what’s the appeal of Pharrell William’s pop sensation “Happy”? and how has it fared across the Middle East's far-flung corners?
Ragheb reassured everyone again that he didn't quit because of fellow judge Ahlam. (Image: Facebook)
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Wondering why Ragheb Alama has REALLY quit Arab Idol? Find out here!
A collage of portraits of those missing since Lebanon's civil war. (Image courtesy of The Independent)
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Relatives of those who disappeared during the civil war want answers and hope that a new commission will help.

April 12, 2014

City in lockdown: Heavy security presence in Tripoli (File/AFP)
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The military in Lebanon continued to maintain a heavy presence in Tripoli, setting up checkpoints and barriers across the city on Friday.

April 11, 2014

Nancy is seeking the help of her fans with her latest charitable project. (Image: Facebook)
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Write Nancy Ajram's song lyrics for the "Street Children" contest and make a difference in the world.
Hot stuff: Assi announced that his daughter Marina will be singing with Ricky Martin. (Image: Facebook)
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Assi Helani is making a starlet of his eldest daughter, who will be singing with international superstar Ricky Martin.
Terror suspect Mohammed Qassem was arrested in the Lebanese village of Arsal by the army (File/AFP)
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The Lebanese military have captured a terrorist allegedly involved in carrying out deadly attacks across the country.

April 10, 2014

Cyrine Abdelnour has to step it up a notch to stand next to Khaled Salim (Image: Facebook)
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Cyrine Abdelnour gets silly with her co-star behind the scenes of "Love Story".
Lebanese army retaliated in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli (file/AFP)
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Armed men opened fire on the Lebanese army, prompting an overnight battle in Tripoli, north of Lebanon.
Israel says that Hezbollah is repeatedly violating UN resolutions. (AFP/File)
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Israel has asked the United Nations to take action against Hezbollah after the party's secretary-general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that his group was behind a blast that targeted Israeli troops last month.
Wael is officially a judge on Arab Idol Season 3 now. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Wael Kfoury will be joining the Arab Idol judging panel in place of Ragheb Alama starting Friday.
Hezbollah is allegedly facing an economic crisis over its continued role in the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
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Hezbollah is facing an economic crisis stemming from its involvement in the Syrian civil war, and budget cuts in Iran as a result of new president Hassan Rouhani's austerity policies, Lebanese sources say.
If everything goes according to plan, international oil companies can start the actual drilling at the end of 2015
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International energy companies will be able to start drilling for gas off the Lebanese coast at the end of 2015 if the August auction date is met, a source familiar with the tender process said Wednesday.