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  • Syria Releases 23 Lebanese, Including 8 Classified as Missing

    The Lebanese side of the Lebanese-Syrian committee tasked with following up issue of missing and detainees in Syria has received a list of 23 Lebanese who were recently freed from Syrian jails, An Nahar daily reported Tuesd...
  • March 14 coalition retains majority after parliamentary elections

    March 14 coalition retains majority after parliamentary elections Opposition source concedes defeat, accepts 'will of people' By Mirella Hodeib Daily Star staff Monday, June 08, 2009 BEIRUT: Lebanon's opposition conceded defeat against the March 1...
  • Kesrouaun turnout of 70 percent highest in country

    Kesrouaun turnout of 70 percent highest in country By Therese Sfeir Daily Star staff Monday, June 08, 2009 KESROUAN: Kesrouan witnessed the highest turnout in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, with the participation rate in the district reachi...
  • Lebanon Moderates Turn Attention

    Lebanon Moderates Turn Attention BEIRUT -- After widening its majority in weekend parliamentary elections, a Western-backed coalition here now must form a new government, a task almost a fraught as the election itself. View Slideshow ...
  • FACTBOX: Facts on Lebanon's economy

    Reuters) - The economy of Lebanon, which held a parliamentary election on Sunday, has shown what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has described as "remarkable resilience" in the face of the global financial crisis. Following are some of th...
  • Key to Lebanon vote: Christians

    The final result in Sunday's knife-edge parliamentary election was expected to hinge on which way the divided Christian community votes in a few important districts. By Nicholas Blanford | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the June 7, ...
  • Walid Abi-Mercheed article on elections

    لبنان: انتخاب أم «تصويت»؟ وليد أبي مرشد أول ما يتبادر إلى ذهن من يراقب الردح الانتخابي المتمادي في لبنان أنها المرة الأولى التي يمارس ...
  • Spies’ Roots Reach Deep in Lebanon

    By ROBERT F. WORTH   Published: May 22, 2009 BEIRUT, Lebanon — When the Lebanese authorities announced the arrest of an Israeli spy ring late last year, the news aroused little surprise. It is no secret that Israel has long maintained inte...
  • Lebanon's Christians could be 'swing vote' in parliamentary elections

    By Brooke Anderson, JEZZINE, Lebanon (CNS) -- Sitting at an outdoor cafe on a mild spring afternoon, overlooking the town square of Jezzine, Samaan Dahir felt optimistic about Lebanon's June 7 parliamentary elections. "The resistance needs to win,&qu...
  • Lebanon spy cases highlight Mideast espionage

    By SAM F. GHATTAS, Associated Press Writer Sam F. Ghattas, Associated Press Writer –  BEIRUT – The Middle East's espionage wars are heating up after Lebanon's arrest of more than a dozen alleged Israeli spies, and dire warnings from Jerus...
  • FACTBOX: Facts on Lebanon's economy

    FACTBOX: Facts on Lebanon's economy   Reuters) - The economy of Lebanon, which is set to hold a parliamentary election on June 7, has shown what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has described as "remarkable resilience" in the face of...
  • Biden presents military aid to Lebanon

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Beirut Friday in what U.S. officials said was a show of support for Lebanese independence prior to legislative elections. While in Lebanon, Biden was expected to announce U.S. milita...
  • Lebanese like Obama more than US - poll

    By Andrew Wander Daily Star staff BEIRUT: Almost half of Lebanese believe that US President Barack Obama will have a positive impact on the Middle East and have a favorable opinion of him, a poll has found. The IPSOS poll asked residents of six Arab co...
  • Pope addresses Holocaust, Mideast conflict

    TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI urged the Israelis and Palestinians to find a "just resolution" to their long-running conflict as he arrived in Israel Monday. "I plead with all those responsible to explore every possible ave...
  • Between Egypt and Hizbullah, a crisis just waiting to happen

    By Gamal A. G. Soltan The current tension between Egypt and Hizbullah is a crisis that has been waiting to happen for years. The causes of tension between the two sides are multifaceted. This is a conflict between nationalism and supra-nationalism, betw...
  • Rival Lebanese Christian factions now hold political cards

    By Anthony Elghossain Special to The Daily Star WASHINGTON: One year after the Lebanese clashed with each other in an eruption of violence that cost the lives of some 200 individuals, the country tensely awaits parliamentary elections on June 7. One mo...
  • Bank of Lebanon Sees Growth at 6% This Year

    By CHIP CUMMINS BEIRUT -- Lebanon's central bank governor said economic growth in the country could exceed 6% this year if parliamentary elections next month go off smoothly. The central bank has so far been forecasting "a very realistic" grow...
  • PICTURES In Jordan, pope stresses Christian-Muslim harmony

    AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- On the second day of his visit to the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI stressed the need for harmony and unity between Christians and Muslims. "Muslims and Christians, precisely because of the burden of our common history, so ...
  • Vatican-Israel Relations

    Author: Toni Johnson, Staff Writer , Introduction The relationship between Catholics and Jews is marred by centuries of troubles, including doctrinal polemics,...
  • Hezbollah slams Hariri death probe

    All jazeera.net Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has criticised the international investigation into the 2005 asssassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, Lebanon's former prime minister. Nasrallah said on Friday that a decision by a UN-backed court to ...