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HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines goes for an elimination sweep versus Lebanon’s Beirut Sports Club early Wednesday, January 29

Crisis-hit Lebanon names new government

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:28 AM

'This is a government that represents the aspirations of the demonstrators who have been mobilized nationwide for more than 3 months,' says Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab

NEW GOVERNMENT. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on on January 21, 2020, shows Lebanon's new Prime Minister Hassan Diab signing official documents at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, as the new government is announced. AFP PHOTO/HO/DALATI AND NOHRA

Almost 400 wounded in Lebanon clashes – rescuers

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The toll on Saturday, January 18, is the heaviest since the protests erupted 3 months ago

CLASHES. Anti-government protesters use a metal barrier to ram security forces taking cover during clashes in the central downtown district of the Lebanese capital Beirut near the parliament headquarters on January 18, 2020. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

DFA raises Alert Level 2 in Lebanon, urges Filipinos to remain vigilant

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says overseas Filipino workers with existing employment contracts and those who are registered under the Balik Manggagawa Program may still return to Lebanon

Lebanon bans Ghosn from foreign travel

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-auto magnate Carlos Ghosn, who fled to Lebanon, is 'banned from traveling until his judicial file arrives from Japan'

Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn addresses a large crowd of journalists on his reasons for dodging trial in Japan, where he is accused of financial misconduct, at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut on January 8, 2020. - The 65-year-old fugitive auto tycoon vowed to clear his name as he made his first public appearance at a news conference in Beirut since skipping bail in Japan. Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, fled charges of financial misconduct including allegedly under-reporting his compensation to the tune of $85 million. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

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Defiant car magnate Ghosn hits back against Japanese 'plot'

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:51 PM

(UPDATED) Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn tells media in Lebanon he was 'presumed guilty' and had 'no choice' but to flee Japan

Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn addresses a large crowd of journalists on his reasons for dodging trial in Japan, where he is accused of financial misconduct, at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut on January 8, 2020. - The 65-year-old fugitive auto tycoon vowed to clear his name as he made his first public appearance at a news conference in Beirut since skipping bail in Japan. Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, fled charges of financial misconduct including allegedly under-reporting his compensation to the tune of $85 million. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Turkish private jet firm says planes used 'illegally' in Ghosn escape

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Turkish private jet company MNG says one employee has admitted to falsifying the records to keep Carlos Ghosn's name off the flight manifest, and that he acted 'in his individual capacity'

'ILLEGAL.' This file photo shows former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaving his lawyers' offices in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn used one of two French passports to flee – media

Jan 02, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Prosecutors and police are poised to launch an investigation into the stunning escape, suspecting he departed 'in an unlawful manner,' public broadcaster NHK says

CARLOS GHOSN. This screen grab from a handout video released on April 9, 2019 by representatives of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn shows him speaking in a video message recorded on April 3. Handout photo from representatives for Carlos Ghosn/AFP

Ghosn confirms he is in Lebanon, blasts 'rigged Japanese justice system'

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:55 PM

'I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied,' says the tycoon in a statement.

FLEES INJUSTICE. In this file photo taken on September 15, 2017 then Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn gestures as he addresses a press conference in Paris. Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Protest-hit Lebanon postpones talks to pick new PM

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:31 PM

President Michel Aoun responds to the wishes of outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri to postpone parliamentary consultations until December 19

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters chant slogans as they gather during a demonstration before security forces standing on guard in the vicinity of the Lebanese Parliament headquarters in the centre of the capital Beirut on December 11, 2019. File photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

Lebanon interior minister orders probe after protest violence

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Lebanon's Raya El-Hassan demands the identification of those responsible for the most violent episode since the largely peaceful anti-government protests began in October 2017

Besieged by protesters, Lebanon assembly postpones session

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:40 PM

From early morning, hundreds of noisy demonstrators and riot police have faced off and at times scuffled outside the assembly in Beirut, with activists also trying to block MPs' convoys

PROTEST. Lebanese anti-government protesters shout slogans in front of a barrier near parliament headquarters in the capital Beirut on November 19, 2019. Photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

WhatsApp as a tool for fear and intimidation in Lebanon’s protests

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Among a polarized public that distrusts politicians and the fourth estate, unverifiable WhatsApp rumors carry the day

LEBANON. Photo by Scott Peterson/Getty Images for Coda Story.

Lebanon protests flare after president shuns demands

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Hundreds march towards the palace of President Michel Aoun in the town of Baabda outside the capital, where security forces laid coils of barbed wire across the access road

LEBANON PROTESTS. Lebanese demonstrators try to remove the barbed wire and metal rail, placed by anti-riot police (background), on the road leading to the Presidential Palace in Baabda, on the eastern outskirts of Beirut on November 13, 2019, nearly a month into an unprecedented anti-graft street movement. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Petrol pumps shut down in protest-hit Lebanon over dollar shortage

Nov 09, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Lebanon's Syndicate of Gas Station Owners head Sami Brax says they will be forced to stop imports and close down all petrol stations if the government fails to facilitate access to dollars soon

SHUT DOWN. A Lebanese national flag hangs in front of a closed petrol station in the capital Beirut on November 9, 2019. Photo by AFP

World Bank urges Lebanon to form gov't, warns of recession

Nov 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The warning comes as anti-government demonstrators push on with rallies and hundreds of school children boycott classes

PROTESTS. A Lebanese protester takes part in a sit-in to block a central bridge during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital Beirut, on November 4, 2019. File photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Lebanon reopens but crisis remains after PM resigns

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:34 PM

President Michel Aoun asks Saad Hariri's government to continue on a caretaker basis until a new cabinet is formed

LEBANON. A Lebanese anti-government protester waves his national flag signaling a roadblock to drivers in Beirut on October 30, 2019. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Lebanon PM Hariri says to submit resignation

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Lebanon's embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri says his decision is 'in response to the will of many Lebanese who have taken to the streets to demand change' in what he calls 'historic' protests

AFTER RESIGNATION. Lebanese anti-government protesters celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut on October 29, 2019 on the 13th day of anti-government protests. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Tensions rattle Lebanon anti-graft protests

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Hezbollah, warns that any cabinet resignation would lead to 'chaos and collapse' of the economy

Lebanese demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a rally in the capital Beirut's downtown district on October 20, 2019. - Thousands continued to rally despite calls for calm from politicians and dozens of arrests. The demonstrators are demanding a sweeping overhaul of Lebanon's political system, citing grievances ranging from austerity measures to poor infrastructure. (Photo by Ibrahim AMRO / AFP)

Hundreds of thousands take over streets as Lebanon's protests grow

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The demonstrations cripple Lebanon and threaten the government of beleaguered Prime Minister Saad Hariri

PROTESTS. Lebanese demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a rally in the capital Beirut's downtown district on October 20, 2019. Photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

DFA to Filipinos in Lebanon: Stay away from protests

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:23 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs also urges Filipinos to contact the Philippine Embassy in Beirut hotline at (+961-3) 859-430 for any assistance

PROTESTS. A Lebanese activist sweeps soot on a main road in downtown Beirut on October 19, 2019 as hundreds continued to gather in Lebanon for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption after the security forces made dozens of arrests. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Protests in Lebanese capital over deteriorating economy

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Lebanon's finance ministry says the country's public debt stands at around $86 billion, more than 150% of the gross domestic product

PROTESTS. Lebanese protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in central Beirut's Martyr Square on September 29, 2019. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Escalation ends, but Israel-Hezbollah tensions remain

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Burnt fields can be seen in the border area and a new military checkpoint is set up outside the Israeli community of Avivim

ESCALATION ENDS. This picture taken on September 2, 2019 from the southern Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras shows the area of Avivim in northern Israel on the other side where Israel and the Lebanese Shiite muslim Hezbollah group exchanged fire along the border the previous day. Photo by Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Lebanon says Israeli drone sparks blaze in border area

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Israeli military spokesperson says the blaze that erupted near a demarcation line between the two countries was caused by army 'operations' in the area

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon to 'be careful'

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Addressing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Benjamin Netanyahu says that 'he knows very well that the state of Israel knows how to defend itself well, and to repay its enemies'

'BE CAREFUL.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Lebanon says Israel drone attack 'declaration of war'

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'This allows us to resort to our right to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,' says Lebanese President Michel Aoun

'DECLARATION OF WAR.' In this file photo, Lebanese President Michel Aoun gestures upon his arrival at Tunis-Carthage international airport on March 30, 2019, to attend the Arab Summit tomorrow. File photo by Hussein Malla/Pool/AFP

Lebanon condemns Israel 'aggression' after anti-Hezbollah drone attack

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Hezbollah is a major political actor in Lebanon and a key backer of the Damascus regime in war-torn Syria

Lone attacker kills 4 in Lebanon's Tripoli

Jun 04, 2019 - 3:59 PM

The gunman sows panic in the streets late Monday as Lebanon's second city prepared for the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

ATTACK. Lebanese troops are deployed in the northern port city of Tripoli after a militant attacked a security forces patrol and blew himself when confronted on June 4, 2019, on the eve of Eid el-Fitr. Photo by Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP

Iran says British Hezbollah ban 'irresponsible'

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Britain says would seek to make membership of the Shiite movement or inviting support for it a crime

LONDON RALLY. This file photo shows pro-Palestinian demonstrators with Palestinian flags, placards, and the yellow flag of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah at a rally in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Jett Manuel, Lamar Odom shine as Mighty-PH cops Dubai bronze

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:01 AM

Mighty Sports-Philippines secures a podium finish after overwhelming Homenetmen Lebanon in the battle for 3rd

REDEMPTION. Mighty Sports-Philippines earns a podium-finish this time after a woeful 1-5 stint in the 2017 edition. Photo from Mighty Sports

Al Riyadi-Lebanon eliminates Mighty Sports-PH in Dubai tilt

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Mighty Sports-Philippines' blistering run falls short against six-time champion Al Riyadi-Lebanon in the knockout semifinal duel

NEEXT BEST THING. Juan Gomez de Liaño (right) and Mighty Sports try to wrap up their campaign with a third-place finish. Photo from Mighty Sports

Israel says all Hezbollah cross-border tunnels found

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:07 PM

The tunnels are being destroyed either with explosives or by filling them with a cement-like material to make them unusable

TUNNELS. A picture taken on December 21, 2018 from the South Lebanese village of Ramyeh shows an Israeli military outpost across the border. Israel says it has found all cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon. Photo by AFP

Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel,' says Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus

Gilas falls to Lebanon anew in tuneup game

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The Filipinos go 1-of-4 in their tuneup games over the week

BACK-TO-BACK. Japeth Aguilar and Team Pilipinas fall prey to Lebanon for the second straight time. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas falls short vs Lebanon in tuneup game

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:16 PM

The Filipinos have now lost two of their 3 tuneup games

SHORT. June Mar Fajardo and the Philippine national team fail to utilize their homecourt advantage. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Lebanon's Miss Earth 2018 bet stripped of title after photo with Miss Israel

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Miss Earth Lebanon organizers strip Salwa Akar of her title, following a photo of her and Israel's Dana Zerik that went viral

Lebanon newspaper goes blank to protest political crisis

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The oldest newspaper in Lebanon, An-Nahar, publishes a completely blank issue to protest a political deadlock and economic woes in their country

A man holds a blank copy of Lebanon's leading newspaper An-Nahar outside a bookstore in the coastal Lebanese port city of Byblos, north of Beirut, on October 11, 2018. Lebanon's oldest newspaper An-Nahar went out to newsstands completely blank today to protest a political deadlock and economic woes in the tiny Mediterranean country. An-Nahar, which was founded in 1933, published eight blank pages in print and linkless white boxes on its main page online.  JOSEPH EID / AFP

Germany, Saudi Arabia to restore envoys after Lebanon row

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Saudi Arabia in November recalled its ambassador from Berlin following the eyebrow-raising resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon's prime minister while visiting Riyadh

Batang Gilas routs Lebanon in FIBA Asia U18 opener

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team dazzles in its 22-point drubbing of Lebanon

IMPRESSIVE DEBUT. New Batang Gilas recruit Dalph Panopio showcases an all-around game against Lebanon. Photo from FIBA

Russia forces among dozens dead in ISIS east Syria attacks

May 27, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Defense ministry says the fighting lasted for an hour and left 43 militants dead

PH, Kuwait to finalize OFW protection agreement in Manila

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Kuwaiti officials will arrive in Manila next week to finalize the memorandum of agreement on the additional protection of OFWs in the Gulf country, say Philippine labor officials

AGREEMENT. DOLE says agreement on the protection of OFWs should be signed mid-March in a press briefing on March 1, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Wife of suspect in Joanna Demafelis murder held, says Lebanon

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) 'Syria kept custody of the wife because she is a Syrian national,' says a Lebanese judicial official

OFW'S REMAINS. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lebanon must investigate claims of mass spying – rights groups

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Eight rights groups and media organizations call on Lebanon's general prosecutor to investigate who was behind a hacking campaign that stole smartphone data from people, including journalists and activists, in more than 20 countries

Lebanon PM Hariri rescinds resignation: cabinet statement

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:29 PM

'The Lebanese government, in all its political components, has committed to distance itself from all conflicts, wars, and internal affairs of Arab states,' according to the cabinet statement read by the returning Hariri

RESCINDS. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on December 5, 2017. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Lebanon's PM Hariri says resignation on hold pending talks

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The new decision comes hours after the premier landed back in Lebanon for the first time since announcing his resignation in a statement from Saudi Arabia on November 4

NOT YET LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on November 22, 2017 shows Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri delivering a speech at the presidential palace in Baadba, on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Dalati and Nohra/AFP

PM Hariri back in Lebanon after shock resignation

Nov 22, 2017 - 6:34 AM

Hariri had promised he would return to Lebanon in time to mark its 47th Independence Day on Wednesday, November 22, and would clarify his position there

IN EGYPT. A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on November 21, 2017 shows Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri delivering a speech following a meeting with the Egyptian President in Cairo. Egyptian Presidency/Handout/AFP

Egyptian President Sisi to meet Lebanon's Hariri

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is now in Paris where he already announced on Twitter that he would visit Egypt for the meeting ahead of his planned return home for Lebanon's Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Arab League chief asks Lebanon be 'spared'

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:56 PM

'No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon,' says Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun

DIPLOMACY. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on November 20, 2017, shows Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit (left) meeing Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace of Baabda. Photo by Dalati and Nohra/AFP

Lebanon FM to skip Arab League summit on Iran – ministry source

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Lebanon would be represented by the permanent representative to the Arab League, says the source

SKIPPING THE SUMMIT. In this file photo, Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil looks on as he addresses a joint press conference in Turkey on November 16, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP