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November 23, 2017

Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday, more than two weeks after he abruptly announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
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Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday, more than two weeks after he abruptly announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia.
Mia Khalifa quit the porn industry earlier last year (Source: Instagram - @miakhalifa)
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Mia Khalifa did not forget her country of origin on its independence day and tweeted about it.

November 22, 2017

President Michel Aoun had said he will not consider the resignation of Hariri until he hears from him in person (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
“I discussed my resignation with the President of the Republic who asked me to wait before submitting it... and allow for more consultations," Hariri told reporters after a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Palace and added, "I agreed to this request."
Macron rose to power earlier this year with a promise to increase France’s standing in international diplomacy (AFP)
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As Lebanon marks 74 years of independence from French rule, Paris is once again jostling for influence in the country and across the wider Middle East.
Rouhani has described Hezbollah as a “very popular party in Lebanon whose weapons are only used in a defensive nature" (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT
Efforts have been made over the past three days to create a new atmosphere and resolve the crisis that emerged after PM Saad Hariri's resignation over “Iran's grip and Hezbollah's policies in Lebanon,” meanwhile France is exerting efforts towards Hezbollah's “disarmament,” media reports said on Wednesday.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun has yet to accept Hariri's resignation (AFP)
06:52 GMT
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri landed in the capital Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since resigning on Nov. 4.

November 21, 2017

Lebanese troops in Tripoli, 2012 (Wikimedia)
15:39 GMT
It is not clear what Joseph Aoun’s comments on Tuesday could mean for regional politics, following a turbulent few weeks.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
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“Intensive meetings were held overnight in the Cypriot capital between French officials and Egyptian officials accompanying President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Nicosia where he took part in an Egyptian-Cypriot-Greek summit,” al-Akhbar daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying.

November 20, 2017

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17:05 GMT
Lebanon’s fairytale run at the Rugby League World Cup ended at the quarterfinals stage after a controversial 24-22 loss to Tonga over the weekend.
Photo: The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban
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Yehya Sarris sat on a bench on the sidelines of a football field, watching the players of all ages training for League of the Camps – a tournament between Beirut’s Palestinian football teams that kicked off Sunday.

November 19, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron (AFP/File)
14:57 GMT
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday agreed on the need to partner with allies to respond to the destabilization activities of Hezbollah and Iran in the region.
He said his group is “relaxed, unworried and not afraid of anything" (AFP/File)
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“This major patriotic, heroic and brave stance has reversed and thwarted the Saudi plan -- although in its first round,” Hezbollah politburo chief Ibrahim Amin al-Sayyed said.
Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrives for a meeting with the Saudi King on Nov. 14, 2017, in Riyadh. 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up the pressure on Iran-backed Hezbollah.

(Fayez Nureldine / AFP)
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With rumours spreading about the Kingdom kidnapping Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saudi Arabia has been the focus of this week's news.

November 18, 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (C) steps into a car on his way to the Elysee Presidential Palace on November 18, 2017 (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP)
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According to the statement, Hariri told Aoun that he will return to Beirut on Tuesday to take part in Independence Day celebrations, which will be held on Wednesday.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (C), surrounded by security personel, speaks on the phone as he arrives in Paris early November 18, 2017 (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP)
08:33 GMT
French President Emmanuel Macron said he would welcome Saad Hariri at the Elysee Palace Saturday as Lebanon’s prime minister, as Hariri denied rumors over the circumstances surrounding his two-week stay in Saudi Arabia.

November 17, 2017

Only months ago it seemed Lebanese basketball was in an unassailable position. (Photo: The Daily Star/NNA, HO)
11:09 GMT
Only months ago it seemed Lebanese basketball was in an unassailable position.

November 16, 2017

Macron and Hariri shakes hands in September, 2017, AFP/File
10:57 GMT
Macron's offer for Hariri to stay in France announces Macron as a major Middle East player and spells trouble for Saudi's regional influence
French President Emmanuel Macron and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Paris on Sept. 1, 2017 (AFP)
10:19 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron's invitation to Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced from Riyadh on Thursday.
Bashrawi turned himself in after entering into Lebanon from Syria (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT
Saudi citizen Ali al-Bashrawi turned himself in to a Lebanese Army checkpoint in the Hermel area of Jisr Hawsh al-Sayyed Ali, an army statement said.

November 15, 2017

Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File)
14:40 GMT
Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday said resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh, from which he abruptly announced his resignation 12 days ago.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who submitted his resignation on Nov. 4 from Saudi Arabia, will reportedly return to Lebanon within two days, al-Akhbar daily reported on Wednesday.
Assad said Hariri “is not the master himself” (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT
Reports have quoted Assad speaking in front of a delegation of the parties of the Arab Front, that Hariri “is not the master himself and he was sacked and did not resign.”

November 14, 2017

Photo: The AFC
19:49 GMT
Hassan Maatouk’s first-half penalty proved enough for Lebanon to confirm top spot in Group B of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifying campaign following a 1-0 victory over Hong Kong on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi meeting on Nov. 14, 2017 (AFP)
13:54 GMT
Lebanon’s Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, head of the Maronite Church, met on Tuesday with Saad Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Riyadh on Nov. 4.
Guards in front of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut (AFP/File)
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The Saudi Embassy in Beirut has received threats that an unknown group will kidnap 15 Saudi citizens in Lebanon, media reports published Tuesday said.
A Lebanese bank has been commissioned to find buyers for the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut and Movenpick Hotel Beirut, partly owned by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. (Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Beirut)
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A Lebanese bank has been commissioned to find buyers for the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut and Movenpick Hotel Beirut, partly owned by Prince Alwaleed.

November 13, 2017

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reiterated in talks with his Lebanese counterpart Jebran Bassil, the U.K.'s support for Lebanon and that the country should not be used as a tool for proxy conflicts, a press release said on Monday.
A much-awaited live interview was done with Hariri on Sunday night by Future TV (AFP)
12:42 GMT
When Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation in a televised speech from Saudi Arabia last weekend, it stunned his country and created a mystery that lasted for more than a week. On Sunday, another TV appearance by Hariri was filled with bizarre moments.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File)
11:24 GMT
President Michel Aoun on Monday said that Prime Minister Saad Hariri's remarks on the possibility of reconsidering his own resignation was a “positive” indicator.
Rifi requested that Tripoli’s residents refrain from engaging with security forces while the removal of the posters was underway (AFP)
09:50 GMT
Authorities removed all political posters and banners in Tripoli Sunday after a poster of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was burned in the city over the weekend.
Aoun said he would not accept Hariri's resignation until he returns to Lebanon to explain his position (AFP)
07:33 GMT
Lebanon's resigned prime minister Saad Hariri said late Sunday that he would return to his country ‘soon’, during a televised interview.

November 12, 2017

One user in particular, @jrdnrzk, has suggested that Saudi Arabia is establishing fake Twitter accounts to promote the hashtag (Twitter)
15:31 GMT
The hashtag “Lebanese against Hezbollah” has taken off - but is it what it seems on the surface?
Hariri had announced his resignation on Nov. 4 in a surprising and pre-recorded statement from Saudi Arabia (AFP/File)
15:21 GMT
Prime Minister Saad Hariri will appear in a TV interview in the coming hours, talk show hostess Paula Yacoubian confirmed on Sunday.

November 11, 2017

The 2019 Asian Cup logo
18:32 GMT
Lebanon qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup without kicking a ball Friday after North Korea defeated Malaysia 4-1 to ensure the Cedars will finish at least second in Group B.
“There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state,” Tillerson also said in his statement (file photo/AFP)
11:13 GMT
The U.S. Secretary of State also said he recognized Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister, calling him a “strong partner of the United States.”
A poster of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hangs on a pedestrian crossing bridge in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli (Joseph Eid/AFP)
07:39 GMT
The incident came on the same day that Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately amid skyrocketing tensions with Iran and Hizbullah and warnings to the Lebanese government.