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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

Lebanon's Hariri in Paris after Saudi 'hostage' rumors

Nov 18, 2017 - 4:08 PM

(UPDATED) PM Saad Hariri says he would be back in Lebanon for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday

NO HOLD-UP. Embattled Lebanese Prime Minister lands in Paris. Rappler file photo

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France after 'Saudi hostage' rumors

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been in Riyadh since issuing a statement on television there on November 4 that he was stepping down because he feared for his life

FREE. An image grab from an AFP TV shows French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (left) during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the latter's residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 16, 2017. Photo by Rania Sanjar/AFP

Israel military chief: We are ready to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran

Nov 16, 2017 - 11:57 PM

'We are ready to exchange experience with the moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to face Iran,' said Israel General Gadi Eisenkot on Elaph, a Saudi-run news site.

COOPERATION. In this file photo, Israel's new Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot during his swearing-in ceremony at the Prime Minister's Jerusalem offices on February 16, 2015. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic first

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Lebanese Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrive in Riyadh, in the first trip to the Saudi kingdom by a senior Lebanese figure

HISTORIC. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 14, 2017, shows Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai (right) meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/ Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Lebanon PM says free in Saudi and will return home 'soon'

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Hariri brushes aside rumors that he was under de facto house arrest in Saudi Arabia, from which he announces his surprise departure

PROOF OF LIFE. An image grab taken from the Hariri family-owned Lebanese channel, Future TV, on November 12, 2017, shows Lebanon's resigned prime minister Saad Hariri speaking during an interview from Riyadh. Future TV/AFP

Hezbollah says Saudi 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:55 AM

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, says Saad Hariri's resignation 'was not his intention, not his wish and not his decision'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on September 01, 2017, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a press conference with French President at the Murat Lounge in the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Lebanon PM resigns, says fears for his life

Nov 04, 2017 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Iran dismisses Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's accusations as 'unfounded'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on September 01, 2017, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a press conference with French President at the Murat Lounge in the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Lebanon finds suspected remains of troops held by ISIS

Aug 27, 2017 - 2:44 PM

UPDATED Major General Abbas Ibrahim says Islamic State fighters who had surrendered led Lebanese authorities to the remains

Relatives of Lebanese soldiers taken hostage by jihadists in 2014 sit inside a tent as they gather in downtown Beirut on August 27, 2017 awaiting news of their loved ones, after the army announced it would pause its offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group on the country's eastern border with Syria in exchange for more information on the missing troops. Nine troops are believed to still be held by IS after militants overran the Lebanese border town of Arsal in August 2014 and kidnapped 30 soldiers and police. The army has said the missing troops were its "top concern" in its offensive against an estimated 600 IS fighters using the hilly border region as a base.  / AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO

Lebanon army advances against ISIS in border battle

Aug 20, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Lebanon s battle against ISIS comes as the jihadist group faces assaults in both neighboring Syria and Iraq

BATTLEGROUND. A general view taken on August 19, 2017, shows artillery being fired from a Lebanese military base in a mountainous area near the eastern town of Ras Baalbek. Stringer/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas slide continues with loss to Lebanon in 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Philippine national team suffers a 19 point loss to the host country

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - FIBA Asia Cup 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Catch live updates as Philippines faces host country Lebanon on Saturday August 19 at 9 pm

Lebanon army launches offensive against ISIS on Syria border

Aug 19, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The operation follows one by Shiite militant group Hezbollah last month against jihadists

EVACUEES. Red Cross workers and government forces receive buses carrying Syrian rebel fighters and their families following their arrival in Flita on August 14, 2017. Photo by AFP

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Trump won't let Assad get away with 'horrible' crimes

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Speaking at a White House press conference with Lebanon s Prime Minister Saad Hariri Trump also calls the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah a threat to the entire Middle East

US President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington,DC.  Tasos Katopodis/AFP

Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Where are these people coming from where are they going how many have died and how many will be allowed to stay?

ASHORE AT LAST. In this file photo, a migrant carrying his baby comes ashore along with other refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 24, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

Lebanon bans Wonder Woman film over Israeli actress Gal Gadot

Jun 01, 2017 - 11:52 PM

Lebanon bans Wonder Woman as part of its boycott of Israel as star Gal Gadot is from the Jewish state

Gilas Pilipinas draws with rival China, Iraq, Qatar in FIBA Asia Cup

May 30, 2017 - 7:21 PM

The top 3 teams from each group will then advance to the second phase of the FIBA Asia Cup where the countries will be divided into two groups

Japeth Aguilar throws down a dunk. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Huge blast near Damascus airport, 'probably' Israeli strike

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:16 PM

UPDATED The Syrian regime ally Hezbollah says it is probably the result of an Israeli air strike

Lebanon president suspends parliament for 1 month

Apr 13, 2017 - 8:26 AM

In a live televised speech Aoun says he has decided to postpone the House of Representatives meeting for a month amid deadlock over a new electoral law

IN LEBANON. A general view shows a large poster of ex-general Michel Aoun ahead of a parliament session expected to elect him as president and end a political stalemate of more than two years, in Jdeidah, on the northern outskirts of the capital Beirut on October 31, 2016. Photo by Anwar Amro/ AFP

U.S., Britain ban laptops on flights from Turkey, Arab world

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:57 AM

3rd UPDATE Laptops tablets and portable game consoles are affected by the ban but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage

LAX ARRIVAL. An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defense systems

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation warns Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

A general view taken on March 17, 2017 shows Israel's Iron Dome defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, deployed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border on March 17, 2017. Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria, prompting retaliatory missiles launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Syria army seizes key ground in Aleppo battle

Dec 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

4th UPDATE After retaking control of about 2 3 of east Aleppo in recent days forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad were advancing in the large residential district of Shaar

Syrian pro-government forces advance in the Myessar district in east Aleppo in an ongoing operation to recapture all of the battered second city, on December 4, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

Lebanon's Aoun elected president, ending power vacuum

Oct 31, 2016 - 9:05 PM

After 4 rounds of voting including two unexpected repeat votes Aoun wins support from 83 lawmakers easily clearing the 50 percent plus one majority required The final tally includes 36 blank votes and eight void ballots

IN LEBANON. A general view shows a large poster of ex-general Michel Aoun ahead of a parliament session expected to elect him as president and end a political stalemate of more than two years, in Jdeidah, on the northern outskirts of the capital Beirut on October 31, 2016. Photo by Anwar Amro/ AFP

Lebanon to elect president, but divisions run deep

Oct 30, 2016 - 9:14 AM

While a deal has been made on the country s next president analysts say Lebanon s key political blocs still disagree on almost everything else

A giant poster that bears the portrait of Lebanese presidential candidate Michel Aoun is seen hanging on a pole on the Jounieh highway, north of the capital Beirut on October 28, 2016. Joseph Eid/AFP

Indonesia akan kirim 850 pasukan perdamaian PBB ke Lebanon

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:20 PM

Pemerintah berencana mengirim hingga 4 000 pasukan untuk berkontribusi dalam misi perdamaian PBB hingga tahun 2019

PASUKAN PERDAMAIAN. Menteri Luar Negeri Retno Marsudi (tengah tanpa mengenakan baju militer) berfoto bersama 18 personil militer perempuan yang akan dikirim ke Lebanon pada Desember mendatang. Foto dari akun Twitter Kemlu @Portal_Kemlu_RI

10 countries host half world's refugees – Amnesty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan Turkey and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Multiple suicide bombings kill 5 in eastern Lebanon

Jun 27, 2016 - 1:36 PM

UPDATED At least 4 suicide bombers hit the predominantly Christian village of Al Qaa

Lebanese security forces secure the site of multiple suicide bombings which took place early on June 27, 2016 in the predominantly Christian village of Al-Qaa, in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria.   Al-Qaa is one of several border posts separating Lebanon and war-torn Syria. The border area has been rocked by clashes and shelling since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Explosion rocks bank HQ in Lebanese capital

Jun 13, 2016 - 3:20 AM

UPDATED Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnuq says bomb containing about 3 4 kilos 6 6 8 8 pounds of explosives had been placed behind the back wall of BLOM BANK

epa05360081 Lebanese soldiers stand outside the headquarters of Blom Bank in the Hamra district, after a car bomb exploded near the entrance shortly after 8pm, in central Beirut, Lebanon, 12 June 2016. No casualties or injuries were reported. EPA/KELLY LYNN LUNDE