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  • Lebanon government powerless as protesters escalate campaign
    Lebanon government powerless as protesters escalate campaign Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Lebanon's divided government appeared powerless Wednesday to address a growing protest campaign that began with frustration over rubbish collection and ballooned into anger at a stagnant and corrupt political class. More »

  • Lebanon's interior minister warns protesters against sit-ins Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Lebanon's interior minister said on Wednesday any future sit-ins by protesters in government institutions will be broken up by force if needed, a day after demonstrators briefly occupied the environment ministry. Lebanon has been hit by a series of protests over a trash crisis that has led to piles of refuse building up in the streets in recent weeks, as well as anger about political paralysis. Dozens of activists from the "You Stink" protest movement entered the environment ministry on Tuesday and called on the environment minister to resign. More »

  • Lebanon 'You Stink' protests: Environment minister refuses to step down …
    Lebanon 'You Stink' protests: Environment minister refuses to step down … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Lebanon's environment minister has said he will not capitulate despite calls from anti-government protesters demanding his resignation over the ongoing waste crisis that has sparked a series of demonstrations in the capital. You Stink campaign protesters began a sit-in at the Environment Ministry in Beirut near Riad al-Solh Square on 1 September and vowed not to leave until minister Mohammad Machnouk resigned from his post. The sit-in came hours ahead of a deadline set by activists for the government to respond to their demands including Machnouk's resignation, new parliamentary elections, the devolution of trash collection to municipalities and accountability for violence against protesters. More »

  • Activists Stage Sit-In Protest In Beirut Ministry
    Activists Stage Sit-In Protest In Beirut Ministry Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Dozens of protesters have staged a sit-in inside a Lebanon government building as part of wider demonstrations against corruption in the country. Witnesses said protesters occupied the top floor of the environment ministry building in Beirut, calling for minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign. Hundreds more gathered outside amid a heavy security presence and it was unclear if Mr Machnouk was in the building. More »

  • Lebanon activists occupy environment ministry over trash crisis
    Lebanon activists occupy environment ministry over trash crisis Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Lebanese activists angered by a trash crisis and government incompetence stepped up their campaign Tuesday, occupying part of Lebanon's environment ministry to demand the minister's resignation. More »

  • Lebanon 'You Stink' protests: Government sends armed vehicles as protesters …
    Lebanon 'You Stink' protests: Government sends armed vehicles as protesters … Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Lebanese police and army have arrived to dislodge several dozen activists who staged a sit-in in Lebanon's environment ministry today (01 September 2015) to demand the minister's resignation after mass protests that began regarding a nationwide waste-collection crisis. The government sent "at least 10 trucks and tanks" according to Habib Battah, an eyewitness outside the ministry about an hour after the interior ministry gave protesters who stormed the environment ministry building 30 minutes to exit. While Elefteriades confirmed no further plans has been set out "for the moment", the activist said that protesters were "waiting to see the government's reaction". More »

  • Syrian Pen Seller 'Just Wants Kids Educated'
    Syrian Pen Seller 'Just Wants Kids Educated' Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    A Syrian refugee has thanked the activist who started a crowdfunding campaign to help him and his two young children. Abdul Halim Attar, a single father, was pictured desperately selling pens on the streets of Lebanon as his four-year-old daughter slept in his arms. However, Mr Attar has said he only cares about giving his children an education, adding: "I want to find and thank whoever launched this campaign for me. More »

  • Lebanon's trash protesters turn up heat on government
    Lebanon's trash protesters turn up heat on government Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Pressure was growing Sunday on Lebanon's government after a protest campaign spurred by a trash crisis gave political leaders a deadline to meet their demands. More »

  • Beheaded Syriac bishop beatified a century after death
    Beheaded Syriac bishop beatified a century after death Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Pope Francis on Sunday praised a Syriac Catholic bishop who has been beatified in Lebanon, a century after he his beheading by Ottoman forces during a wave of religiously motivated killings in Syria. More »

  • Lebanon's 'You Stink' protesters issue 72-hour ultimatum
    Lebanon's 'You Stink' protesters issue 72-hour ultimatum Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Thousands of "You Stink" protesters took to the streets in Lebanon issuing a 72-hour ultimatum to the Beirut administration over the government's inept handling of the garbage crisis. "Today is a step on a long road. More »

  • Thousands rally in Beirut against political leaders, rot
    Thousands rally in Beirut against political leaders, rot Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags and chanting "revolution" took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday for an unprecedented mobilisation against sectarian politicians they say are incompetent and corrupt. The "You Stink" protest campaign, ignited by a waste crisis, has widened to reflect anger at widely-perceived graft in the political class and the state's failure to provide basic services. It is seen as the biggest protest movement in Lebanon's history organised independently of the sectarian parties that dominate politics. More »

  • How a Viral Photo Changed the Life of a Syrian Refugee
    How a Viral Photo Changed the Life of a Syrian Refugee Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    A crowdfunding campaign raised more than $128,000 for Syrian refugee Abdul Haleem al-Kader after a moving photo of him selling pens on the streets of Beirut with his daughter went viral this week. Kader, whose name translates from Turkish to English as "destiny," currently lives in Lebanon, having moved there from Egypt and before that the Palestinian-Syrian Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria, which was recently Buzzfeed News he left Syria four years ago after his chocolate shop there closed. The photo of Kader, taken by an as-yet unidentified photographer, was uploaded to social media on Tuesday, where it was discovered and shared by Gissur Simonarson, founder of Conflict News, a website that collates updates from different conflicts around the world. More »

  • Lebanon urged to create commission on disappearances
    Lebanon urged to create commission on disappearances Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Lebanon should form a "national commission on disappearances" to investigate those still missing since the country's civil war, a rights group said Saturday. More »

  • Web campaign raises $67,800 for Syria refugee family in a day Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An online fundraiser has raised more than $67,800 for a refugee from Syria and his daughter after a campaigner based in Norway shared moving pictures on social media of the man selling pens in the streets of Beirut. Gissur Simonarson, founder of Conflict News, posted the pictures on Tuesday and was flooded with requests to help the man, a Palestinian from the devastated Yarmouk refugee camp on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Lebanon is home to well over 1 million refugees from Syria's war next door and such scenes are common in Beirut. More »

  • Warring sides in Syria agree to extend local ceasefires Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Warring sides in Syria have agene to extend a ceasefire in a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon and two Shi'ite villages in the northwest, and to evacuate wounded, sources close to talks said. The truce is the second in a month in those areas between the Syrian army and its Lebanese Hezbollah allies on one side, and insurgents on the other. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said there was "calm" in the areas early on Thursday. More »

  • 2 dead in truce breach at Lebanon Palestinian camp
    2 dead in truce breach at Lebanon Palestinian camp Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Two people were killed when gunmen briefly opened fire in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, breaching a tense ceasefire, Palestinian sources said on Thursday. More »

  • South Korea striker Lee out of qualifiers after facial fracture Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    SEOUL (Reuters) - Striker Lee Jeong-hyeop has been ruled out of South Korea's World Cup qualifiers against Laos and Lebanon next month after suffering a compound facial fracture during a domestic league match. Sangju Sangmu forward Lee collided with Gyeongnam FC defender Bae Hyo-sung while contesting an aerial ball during their second-division K. League Challenge match on Wednesday. The 24-year-old, who has scored four goals in 13 appearances for the national team, went down in pain and was carried off. A scan later revealed the fracture. ... More »

  • Two-day ceasefire agreed by warring sides in three Syrian towns - sources Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Syrian insurgents, the Syrian army and Lebanese group Hezbollah agreed on a 48-hour ceasefire in the rebel-held town of Zabadani near Lebanon's border and two Shi'ite villages in Idlib province, sources close to negotiations on both sides said. The ceasefire would begin Thursday at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT), the two sources said. A similar ceasefire this month in the same areas, organised with help from Iran and Turkey, broke down even after a brief extension, and fighting has raged since. More »

  • Palestinian rivals 'agree ceasefire' in Lebanon camp
    Palestinian rivals 'agree ceasefire' in Lebanon camp Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    A ceasefire between armed rivals in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp has restored calm after several days of clashes, Palestinian sources said Wednesday. More »

  • Lebanon charges radical Islamist with 'terrorism'
    Lebanon charges radical Islamist with 'terrorism' Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Lebanon's military prosecutor charged radical Islamist cleric Ahmad al-Assir with "terrorism" Wednesday over involvement in deadly clashes with the army, a judicial source told AFP. More »

  • Lebanon 'You Stink' protests: Meet the man behind the 'Beirut Wall' …
    Lebanon 'You Stink' protests: Meet the man behind the 'Beirut Wall' … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Dubbed the "Beirut Wall", in reference to the Berlin Wall that separated the city's east from the west, a concrete blast wall erected by the Lebanese authorities on Monday 24 August in downtown Beirut following violent clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police has become a focal point for supporters of the "You Stink" campaign in Lebanon's capital. IBtimes UK spoke to one of the artists who decided to put the wall – which was supposed to block the protests from the headquarters of Lebanon's prime minister – to a different use. Philippe Farhat, a 29-year-old artist from Beirut, says he responded to the Riad al-Solh wall's construction by painting it with images of people with their mouths taped shut with tape bearing the names of Lebanon's political parties. More »

  • Hezbollah Weighs In On Lebanon Rubbish Row
    Hezbollah Weighs In On Lebanon Rubbish Row Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    What began as a protest over mounds of uncollected rubbish on Beirut's streets has deepened, laying bare existing tensions within Lebanon. Shia group Hezbollah has now thrown its support behind the anti-government protests, raising fears it is trying to use the crisis for its own gain. More »