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  • Lebanon urged to create commission on disappearances
    Lebanon urged to create commission on disappearances 8 hours ago

    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 »

  • Lebanon cabinet fails on trash crisis amid new protests
    Lebanon cabinet fails on trash crisis amid new protests Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Lebanon's cabinet ended an acrimonious meeting on Tuesday with no solution to a trash crisis that has sparked violent protests and calls for the government's resignation. More »

  • Lebanese ministers walk out of meeting over garbage crisis
    Lebanese ministers walk out of meeting over garbage crisis Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    By Laila Bassam and John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) - The powerful Shi'ite party Hezbollah and its Christian allies walked out of an emergency Lebanese cabinet meeting on Tuesday in protest at a proposed solution to a garbage disposal crisis that has ignited violent protests in Beirut. The national unity government led by Prime Minister Tammam Salam also cancelled a tender to select new refuse collection firms, underscoring the difficulties it faces overcoming the crisis that has brought popular calls for it to step down. Salam has threatened to resign, expressing frustration at the failings of his cabinet, which groups Lebanon's rival parties. More »

  • Lebanon You Stink protests: We are not Egypt, claims activist Michel Elefte …
    Lebanon You Stink protests: We are not Egypt, claims activist Michel Elefte … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Lebanon's "You Stink" movement will not resemble Egypt's revolution, a leading Lebanese political activist has claimed. The government's failure to solve a garbage disposal crisis, as well as chronic shortages of electricity and water, sparked the You Stink campaign in the capital Beirut after the Environment Ministry closed the controversial Naameh landfill on 17 July. Initially a non-political people's movement, the movement gathered supporters and expanded its demands beyond just the waste crisis, calling for the resignation of the entire government. More »

  • Clashes kill 3 at south Lebanon Palestinian camp
    Clashes kill 3 at south Lebanon Palestinian camp Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Three people were killed in clashes overnight and into Tuesday morning between rival armed groups in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, near southern Sidon, medical sources told AFP. More »

  • Two killed in clashes at Palestinian camp in Lebanon
    Two killed in clashes at Palestinian camp in Lebanon Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Two people were killed in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon in renewed overnight clashes between the mainstream Palestinian faction Fatah and hardline Islamists, security sources said. The two sides exchanged heavy gunfire in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, which has regularly seen factional disputes spiral into deadly violence. The two men killed were from Fatah, the sources said, and the violence displaced a large number of the camp's inhabitants. More »

  • Two killed in clashes in south Lebanon refugee camp
    Two killed in clashes in south Lebanon refugee camp Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Two people were killed late Monday when clashes erupted between rival armed groups in Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, near the southern port city of Sidon. More »

  • Lebanese anti-government protesters call Saturday rally
    Lebanese anti-government protesters call Saturday rally Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    By John Davison and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese protest organisers called for more demonstrations against the government on Saturday after two days rallies that descended into violence and forced the government to erect blast walls around it headquarters. The "You Stink" campaign has mobilised against the government's failure to solve a garbage disposal crisis, bringing thousands of people onto the streets in protests that have threatened the survival of the cabinet. The campaign has mobilised independently of the big sectarian parties that dominate Lebanese politics in a sign of how long-simmering frustration at Lebanon's political deadlock has boiled over into open anger. More »

  • Lebanese press demands as trash crisis exposes frustrations
    Lebanese press demands as trash crisis exposes frustrations Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Activists in Lebanon vowed Monday to press ahead with protests over a trash crisis that have become an outlet for deep-rooted, broad-based frustration over political stagnation, corruption, and crumbling infrastructure. More »

  • Stielike shuffles South Korea strikers for qualifiers Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Portugal-based forward Suk Hyun-jun was recalled to the South Korea squad for the first time in five years, with manager Uli Stielike hoping the 24-year-old can end their goal-scoring problems. Suk, who begun his career with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, last played for his country in a 2010 friendly against Iran but has impressed the German coach with his displays for Victoria Setubal having moved in January from domestic rivals Nacional. Stielike, who led South Korea to the final of the Asian Cup in January, also gave a first call up to attacker Hwang Ui-jo of Seongnam FC for the Sept. 3 match at home to Laos and trip to Lebanon five days later. More »

  • Beirut: Clashes Over Rubbish-Disposal Crisis
    Beirut: Clashes Over Rubbish-Disposal Crisis Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Clashes between security forces and protesters have continued for a second night in Beirut as Lebanon's prime minister has threatened to resign. Buildings were set ablaze as thousands of demonstrators fought pitched battles in the street with Lebanese Army troops which left 44 people and 30 police officers injured. The protests have been prompted by the 'You Stink' campaign over allegations of government corruption and a failure to tackle the city's ongoing waste-disposal crisis. More »

  • Beirut protests turn violent for second day as PM threatens to quit
    Beirut protests turn violent for second day as PM threatens to quit Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Protests against the Lebanese government turned violent for a second day on Sunday, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam threatened to resign as public discontent brought thousands into the streets. Anger at the Salam-led unity cabinet grouping Lebanon's fractious politicians has come to a head over its failure to resolve a crisis over garbage disposal that reflects the wider failings of the weak state. Salam's cabinet has been hamstrung by political and sectarian rivalries that have been exacerbated by wider crises in the Middle East, including the war in neighbouring Syria. More »

  • Lebanon PM reaches out to critics as trash crisis grows
    Lebanon PM reaches out to critics as trash crisis grows Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Lebanon's prime minister reached out to government critics over the country's growing trash crisis Sunday, as protesters gathered again following a night of clashes with police. More »