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A Russian initiative aims to return some 890,000 Syrians from Lebanon, despite alarm from refugees who fear detention and even death on arrival

Lebanon's security forces are increasingly bringing activists in for questioning over their social media posts, sparking widespread anger in recent days that freedom of expression is being curtailed.

'Happy meal for adults': Lebanese Twitter discuss legalising weed

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'Happy meal for adults': Lebanese Twitter discuss legalising weed

Lebanon's parliamentary speaker announced last week that cannabis could be legalised and people on Twitter couldn't contain their jokes.

Lebanon ready to legalise medicinal marijuana, parliament speaker says

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Lebanon ready to legalise medicinal marijuana, parliament speaker says

Lebanon is ready to exploit the lucrative medicinal marijuana market.

Lebanon told to legalise hashish to solve economic crisis

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Lebanon told to legalise hashish to solve economic crisis

Hashish has long been cultivated illegally in Lebanon, particularly in the Bekaa Valley, historically a stronghold for Hizballah and outlaw ...

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Lebanon PM Hariri says close to forming new government

Hariri has met with lawmakers over the make-up of the new coalition, which is expected to include all main parties within Lebanon's sectarian power-sharing system.

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Germany's Merkel discusses refugee issues with Hariri in Beirut

German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed refugee issues with Lebanon's prime minister.

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Germany's Merkel to visit Jordan, Lebanon this month

Germany's chancellor will make a visit to Jordan and Lebanon later this month, local media has reported.

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Lebanese army installs e-gates at Palestinian refugee camp

In 2016, the Lebanese army began construction of a wall with watchtowers to segregate the camp from surrounding areas due to security concerns.

Lebanon 'grants nationality to Assad-linked businessmen, officials'

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Lebanon 'grants nationality to Assad-linked businessmen, officials'

A decree in Lebanon has reportedly granted nationality to several Syrian businessmen and officials linked to the regime of President Bashar ...

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Lebanon fears Assad's land-grab law will exasperate refugee crisis

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's government has legalised seizing private property for developments, leaving Lebanon worried about the fate of ...

Saad Hariri reappointed as Lebanon's prime minister

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Saad Hariri reappointed as Lebanon's prime minister

Lebanon's Saad Hariri has been assigned for his third term as prime minister, less than three weeks after he conceded losses in a parliamentary ...

Saad Hariri set to continue as Lebanon prime minister

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Saad Hariri set to continue as Lebanon prime minister

Outgoing Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to retain his post, as the country forms a new government.

The key players in Lebanon's elections

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The key players in Lebanon's elections

Lebanese voters went to the polls to elect their parliament for the first time in nine years on Sunday, with more than 500 candidates vying for ...

Seven things to know about Lebanon’s parliament elections

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Seven things to know about Lebanon’s parliament elections

With 3.6 million registered voters expected to vote in parliament elections Sunday, here are seven things to know about the system.

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Lebanon's political heavyweights set for election success

As Lebanon heads to the polls on Sunday, its political mainstays are set to maintain their influence in parliament despite new electoral laws aimed to shake up the old system.

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Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Comment: In comparison to Iran's remarkably successful record of building militaries and their associated states, the US has little to show, ...

Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel and ...

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East Libya officials 'meet to select Haftar successor'

Senior officials in the self-styled Libyan national army have been holding secret meetings to agree on a successor to their hospitalised leader ...

Hundreds of refugees 'return' to Syria from Lebanon

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Hundreds of refugees 'return' to Syria from Lebanon

Men, women and children loaded their possessions onto dozens of buses early on Wednesday for the journey back to Syria via the Masnaa border ...

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Qatar invites Lebanon's President Michel Aoun for state visit

A handwritten invitation was sent to the Lebanese President Aoun by the Qatari Emir in the hopes of bettering bilateral ties between ...

Saudi Arabia invites Hariri to visit despite previous 'detention'

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Saudi Arabia invites Hariri to visit despite previous 'detention'

A Saudi delegation is visiting Lebanon discuss improvements in bilateral relations and deliver an invitation to Saad al-Hariri, who was thought ...

Lebanese president Michel <em>Aoun</em> makes historic visit to Iraq

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Lebanese president Michel Aoun makes historic visit to Iraq

Michel Aoun led a delegation to Iraq on the first visit by a Lebanese head of state to the war-scarred country for talks that included ...

Tillerson blasts Hizballah, one day after softening his rhetoric Tillerson blasts Hizballah, one day after softening his rhetoric

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Tillerson blasts Hizballah, one day after softening his rhetoric

During his trip to Beirut, the US secretary of state said that Hizballah's foreign entanglements aren't in the interests of Lebanese people.

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