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سليمان تسلّم رسالة من العاهل الأردني جودة: دعم الدول التي تتحمّل النزوح

  تسلم رئيس الجمهورية ميشال سليمان رسالة من العاهل الاردني الملك عبد الله الثاني بن الحسين، نقلها اليه وزير الخارجية الاردني ناصر جودة في قصر بعبدا أمس، وتتناول العلاقات الثنائية والتعاون المشترك حيال تطورات الاوضاع في المنطقة. وكان جودة اجتمع بوزير الخارجية والمغتربين عدنان منصور في قصر بسترس، وعقدا جلسة محادثات، أعقبها مؤتمر صحافي استهله منصور قائلاً:"في ما يتعلق بالشأن الأردني - اللبناني، لا شك في أن الأزمة السورية تلقي بظلالها على الأوضاع الداخلية اللبنانية لجهة أعداد النازحين التي تتدفق إلى لبنان والأردن. هذه الأعداد تشكل لكلا البلدين تحديات إجتماعية واقتصادية، وأيضا تحديات في ما يتعلق بمواجهة هذه الأزمة وهذه…

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Lebanese mothers warn politicians

  Mother’s Day: a day to celebrate mothers, a day of gifts and flowers, of warm hugs and kisses, a day to honor the maternal bonds and to thank mothers for their contributions. Unfortunately in Lebanon, it is also a day in which mothers are reminded of the civil rights violations that continue to impair their interest and the well-being of their families. Last year, as a token gift to Lebanese women on Mother’s Day, Prime Minister Najib Miqati declared his support for the reformation of the nationality law and to thus recognize Lebanese mothers’ right to pass their nationality…

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Army ups presence after northeast Lebanon kidnappings

  The Lebanese Army has boosted its presence in the northeast of the country after a series of tit-for-tat kidnappings in the area over the weekend, security sources said Monday. On Sunday evening an armed group kidnapped Hussein Kamel Jaafar, 37, near Khirbet Daoud in Arsal, northeast Lebanon, the sources said, prompting the Jaafar clan to kidnap residents from the area in retaliation. The sources said at least nine residents from Arsal were abducted in separate incidents along the international highway between Baalbek and Hermel. One of the kidnapped was released later in the night, they added. In one incident,…

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Red Cross educates children on human rights

  The Lebanese Red Cross held a two-day festival to promote children’s rights. The festival was held at Forum de Beyrouth over the weekend under the patronage of first lady Wafaa Sleiman. About 550 volunteers from the LRC participated in the event with nearly 8,000 children between the ages of 6 and 14 years, who came along with their parents. It included games that aimed to teach children the principles of international human rights, including peaceful coexistence, accepting others, rejecting racism and forms of discrimination, and adopting a nonviolent approach. The activities centered on teaching children their rights according to…

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"Mossad spy" spilled secrets to Hezbollah

  A man identified by media as an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent and found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail had passed secrets to Hezbollah before his death, an influential German magazine reported Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel said Ben Zygier, a man known as "Prisoner X" who died in 2010 in an allegedly suicide-proof cell, had handed tips to the Lebanese militant group that led to the arrest of at least two people spying for Israel. After conducting its own "internal investigations", the report found that Zygier had started working for Mossad in 2003, investigating European companies doing business with…

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Mansour Denies Death of Lebanese Hostages Kidnapped in Nigeria

  Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour denied on Monday reports that the Lebanese hostages, kidnapped in Nigeria in February, have been killed, in light of the emergence of a video allegedly showing the victims. He told LBCI television that none of the individuals shown in the video are the Lebanese hostages. He explained: “The hostages separated the seven hostages into two groups.” The first group includes the two Lebanese and two Syrian captives, while the second one includes the Greek, British, and Italian nationals. The foreign minister had held talks with the Lebanese charge d'affaires in Abuja, Wassim Ibrahim, who said…

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Activists hold Beirut march in support of women’s rights

  Rights activists on Sunday afternoon held a march in Beirut on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the National News Agency reported. The women’s rights advocates started their procession from the UNESCO building in West Beirut and headed down the Corniche al-Mazraa Street before arriving to Beirut’s Hamra area, where they ended their march in-front of the Information Ministry and the nearby Interior Ministry headquarters. The demonstrators called for a series of reforms, including the implementation of laws to: protect women from domestic violence, allow women to pass on Lebanese nationality, implement a female-representation quota in elected bodies, allow…

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Ministry launches three environmental projects

  The Environment Ministry launched three climate change initiatives Monday with the United Nations, as the ministry looks for ways to combat the country’s wasteful energy use in difficult economic times. The announcement, which came from Environment Minister Nazem Khoury and U.N. Development Program representative Robert Watkins, also included a new list ranking the best technology investments for Lebanon to fix its weak infrastructure without further damaging the environment. The three initiatives are intended to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and make use of green energy programs. The Low Emission Capacity Building program will rank Lebanon’s progress in reducing its…

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Verdicts issued for two men collaborating with Israel

The Military Tribunal issued verdicts Wednesday against two men accused of collaborating with Israel and a family for illegally entering an enemy state. Retired Brig. Gen. Ghassan al-Jidd was found guilty of providing sensitive information to the Israeli Army and the Mossad. Lebanese authorities issued an arrest warrant in 2010 against Jidd, who is a fugitive from justice. Separately, the Military Tribunal also issued a two-year sentence of hard labor for Salam Michel Ishaq, for providing Israel with information related to the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah. Ishaq was accused of collaboration in September 2011 and is currently in custody. The…

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