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Lebanon has become the latest Middle Eastern country to repeal a law allowing rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims.

International adoption began before Lebanon's conflict but ballooned during the civil war, with middle men and local officials aiding the process by producing falsified paperwork, often for a fee.

Hizballah dismisses threat of tougher US sanctions

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Hizballah dismisses threat of tougher US sanctions

Hizballah's leader Nasrallah said the US administration has no way to harm the group movement after American lawmakers last month introduced legislation seeking to increase sanctions against it.

Kissinger: Eradication of IS could create ‘radical Iranian empire’

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Kissinger: Eradication of IS could create ‘radical Iranian empire’

The former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, warned that destroying the Islamic State militant group could lead to the emergence of an ...

Lebanon’s US-backed army prepares to tackle IS near border

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Lebanon’s US-backed army prepares to tackle IS near border

Lebanon’s US-backed military is gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of Islamic State militants from a remote corner near ...

Karim Traboulsi

Greenpeace, Mashrou' Leila team-up to detox Beirut's plastic binge

On Saturday, activists led a high-profile clean-up along one of Beirut's last non-privatised beaches, enlisting the help of Lebanese alt-rock band Mashrou Leila.

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US Special Forces operating in Lebanon 'close to Hizballah'

US Special Forces are operating in Lebanon ahead of an imminent battle with Islamic State group militants near the north-eastern border with ...

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Senior Hamas delegation arrives in Iran for rare visit

A senior delegation of Hamas officials arrived in Iran on Friday for a rare visit billed as a good will mission to boost ties with Tehran.

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Mesh Basita: Lebanese women stand up to sexual harassment

Lebanese women are making a stand against sexual harassment with posters, billboards and TV advertisements telling men very clearly: "It's not ...

Syrian minister wants to boost tourism as war rages

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Syrian minister wants to boost tourism as war rages

Syria's tourism minister wants to boost the country's tourism industry with the opening of international flights, as a bloody war rages on in ...

Rami G. Khouri

How the Aqsa prayer protests dissolved Palestinian vulnerability

Comment: The successful Aqsa resistance prayers dissolved two key Palestinian weaknesses, and could trigger new forms of political activism ...

Lebanese 'spy' jailed by Iran ends hunger strike

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Lebanese 'spy' jailed by Iran ends hunger strike

The lawyer of a Lebanese man held in Iran since 2015 has said his client has ended a 33-day hunger strike.

Hariri stunned as Trump claims Lebanon army 'fighting Hizballah'

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Hariri stunned as Trump claims Lebanon army 'fighting Hizballah'

President Trump has promised Prime Minister Hariri that the US will continue to back the Lebanese army in its battle with IS militants, ...

Meeting Lebanon's slaves

Alessandra Bajec

Meeting Lebanon's slaves

In-depth: Slave labour remains common practice among migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, whose death rate has doubled as a result of suicides ...

Kuwait MP proposes jail terms for Hizballah supporters

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Kuwait MP proposes jail terms for Hizballah supporters

A Kuwaiti Islamist member of parliament proposed legislation calling for members and supporters of Lebanon's Shia Hizballah movement be ...

James Denselow

Tackling Lebanon's gun culture

Comment: Hidden beneath the country's famously complex geopolitics is an insidious gun culture that needs to be addressed, writes James Denselow.

Alessandra Bajec

Meeting Lebanon's slaves

In-depth: Slave labour remains common practice among migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, whose death rate has doubled as a result of suicides ...

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Lebanese mediator killed in fighting near Syrian border

Lebanese mediator Ahmad al-Fliti, who was mediating between the powerful Hizballah group and militants near the border with Syria, was killed on ...

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Kuwait protests to Lebanon over Hizballah activities in emirate

The Kuwaiti ambassador to Lebanon delivered a letter to authorities on Friday, suggesting Hizballah's alleged role in training a suspected ...

Lebanese held in Iran hospitalised after hunger strike

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Lebanese held in Iran hospitalised after hunger strike

Hunger striking Lebanese national Nizar Zakka, 50, who has been held in Iran for nearly two years was rushed to hospital after his health ...

Paul McLoughlin

Lebanese authorities clamp down on Syrian refugee campaign

In-depth: Protests organised by Syrian refugee solidarity campaigners, and a rival pro-army demonstration, have both been banned by Lebanese ...

Crack Hizballah fighters head for the Syrian-Lebanese border

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Crack Hizballah fighters head for the Syrian-Lebanese border

Hizballah fighters could soon be fighting in areas around Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, where as many as ten men were killed in army custody ...

Islamic State look to the desert to recalibrate

Mona Alami

Islamic State look to the desert to recalibrate

Comment: As Islamic State retreat from Mosul, they will attempt to reshuffle into a more horizontal and decentralised organisation to ensure ...

Syrian activists launch hunger strike for tortured Lebanon detainees

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Syrian activists launch hunger strike for tortured Lebanon detainees

A group of Syrian activists from across the world have started a hunger strike demanding Beirut investigates the killing of refugees in ...

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