Oct 31, 2016

Lebanon set to elect president after two-year vacuum

Lebanon’s parliament is poised to elect former general Michel Aoun as president on Monday, after a dramatic shifting of alliances ended two years of political stalemate. Lawmakers will convene at noon for their 46th attempt to elect a president but the first expected to ...

Hany Abu-Assad: Making strong voices heard

Sep 21, 2016

Hany Abu-Assad: Making strong voices heard

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Ever since the first series of “Pop Idol” screened on British TV in 2001, the televised music competition has become practically inescapable, with franchises springing up everywhere from Macedonia to the Maldives. Given how cannily stage-managed these “reality” shows really are, though, it almost ...

Hezbollah says Sunni extremists killed military chief in Syria

May 15, 2016

Hezbollah says Sunni extremists killed military chief in Syria

Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah on Saturday blamed Sunni extremists for killing its top military commander in Syria and vowed to keep fighting to defend President Bashar Assad’s regime. The Islamist State (IS) jihadi group, meanwhile, briefly overran a government-controlled hospital in the eastern ...

May 13, 2016

Top Hezbollah military commander killed in Syria

Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group said Friday its top military commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed in an explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus, a major blow to the militant group. Badreddine, 55, had been supervising the group’s involvement in Syria’s civil war since Hezbollah ...