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Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has come under fire again after blaming Syrian refugees for the country's declining economy, leading to an angry backlash from some politicians.

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

Lebanese demand release of tourist jailed for insulting Egypt

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Lebanese demand release of tourist jailed for insulting Egypt

Lebanese social media users have called on their government to petition Egyptian authorities to release a tourist jailed for "insulting" Egyptians in an online video.

Palestinians remember Ghassan Kanafani 46 years on

Diana Alghoul

Palestinians remember Ghassan Kanafani 46 years on

Palestinians are honouring the legacy of Ghassan Kanafani, who was assassinated in Beirut on 8 July 1972.

New batch of 500 Syria refugees to leave Lebanon

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New batch of 500 Syria refugees to leave Lebanon

A new batch of hundreds of Syrian refugees have gathered at a Lebanese border town to return home, as part of a coordinated operation between ...

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Dozens of Syrians leave Lebanon for home

More than 40 Syrians returned voluntarily from Lebanon through the Masnaa crossing to areas in Syria, according to Lebanese authorities.

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Iconic Arab newspaper al-Hayat closes Lebanon office

Saudi-owned newspaper al-Hayat will close its vital Lebanon office, the latest Arabic daily to suffer financial problems.

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Hizballah to coordinate repatriation of Syrian refugees with Assad

Lebanon hosts just under one million registered refugees from the conflict in neighbouring Syria, although authorities say the real number is ...

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UAE's blockade on Qatar spread a 'climate of fear'

Qatar is appealing to the UN's top court against the year-long blockade imposed by the UAE and its Gulf allies.

Protesters march for domestic workers' rights in Lebanon

Nicholas Frakes

Protesters march for domestic workers' rights in Lebanon

Society: Demonstrators marched in Lebanon calling for the protection of rights for domestic workers, who face increasing abuse by employers and ...

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ICJ to hear US-Iran frozen assets row

The International Court of Justice will hear a case brought by Iran against the US over billions of dollars in frozen assets.

Germany's Merkel discusses refugee issues with Hariri in <em>Beirut</em>

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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.

Syrian refugees balance safety and hardship in Lebanon

Nicholas Frakes

Syrian refugees balance safety and hardship in Lebanon

Feature: Amina, a Syrian refugee living in Beirut fled her war-torn home to keep her children safe, but life has not been easy since. ...

Lebanon to review decision not to stamp Iranian passports

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Lebanon to review decision not to stamp Iranian passports

Lebanese ministers are set to review a decision by the country's security agency not to stamp Iranian passports at the airport, an interior ...

Lebanon urged to unblock permits for Syria refugee staff

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Lebanon urged to unblock permits for Syria refugee staff

Beirut blocked residency permits for UN refugee agency staff after a spat over Syrians returning home.

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Middle East remembers celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

People across the Middle East remembered the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain this weekend, a man who traveled extensively across the region and showed the world everyday life in Arab cities.

Florence Massena

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

The New Arab meets: An all-woman metal band is breaking norms in Lebanon with a new sound. Florence Massena meets the women behind the music.

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Lebanon freezes permits for UN Syria refugee staff

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has frozen residency permits for UN staff working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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Anthony Bourdain, Middle East food advocate, dies in France

Celebrity chef and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain, has died aged 61 in France.

Iran, Hizballah to remain in Syria until 'fully liberated'

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Iran, Hizballah to remain in Syria until 'fully liberated'

Lebanon's veteran Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said that Iran and Hizballah will remain in Syria until the country regains its 'territorial ...

Alex Wright

The Lebanese Bakery: Beirut's manousheh arrives in London

Yalla, let's eat! Continuing our series focused on Middle Eastern restaurants, we make our way to The Lebanese Bakery in central London, where ...

Syria FM's 'trash talk' provokes anger in neighbouring Lebanon

The New Arab

Syria FM's 'trash talk' provokes anger in neighbouring Lebanon

Assad's number-two claimed Syria's streets were in better condition than Lebanon's.

Lebanon begins first round of offshore oil exploration

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Lebanon begins first round of offshore oil exploration

Offshore oil and gas exploration begins in Lebanon following government approval last year.

How right is the Left in the Islamic world?

Muhammed Nafih Wafy

How right is the Left in the Islamic world?

Comment: The Islamic Left may have ended up more Islamic and less leftist, but intellectuals' leftist utopia has long been abandoned even in the ...

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