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Hezbollah to work with Syrian state on refugee returns

Hezbollah to work with Syrian state on refugee returns

Hezbollah will work with the Syrian state and Lebanon's General Security agency to help return Syrian refugees who want to go back home, its leader said on Friday, a project that critics see as premature in the absence of a peace deal.

Lebanon's Hariri signals new government near

Lebanon's Hariri signals new government near

Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Friday he was very close to forming a new government and would hold more talks with the country's main parties.

Lebanon to review move to let Iranians in without passport stamps

Lebanon to review move to let Iranians in without passport stamps

Lebanese ministers will review a security agency's decision to allow Iranians to enter at the airport without having their passports stamped, an interior ministry source said on Tuesday.

Lebanon begins offshore oil and gas exploration

Lebanon begins offshore oil and gas exploration

Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil also said in a televised statement that Lebanon hoped to launch a second offshore licensing round by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

Lebanon's Hariri upbeat after govt talks, rivalries surface

Lebanon's Hariri upbeat after govt talks, rivalries surface

Saad al-Hariri was speaking after meetings with lawmakers over the make-up of the new coalition to be formed after a May 6 parliamentary election.

Lebanon PM replaces chief of staff after election setback

Lebanon PM replaces chief of staff after election setback

In a post-election speech last week Hariri said the party had been expecting a better result and there had been "gaps" in how it conducted its campaign, for which people would be held responsible.

Iran hails Hezbollah 'victory' in Lebanon poll

Iran hails Hezbollah 'victory' in Lebanon poll

A senior Iranian official on Tuesday hailed the "victory" of Hezbollah in Lebanese elections as a success in the "fight against Israel" and the United States, the state broadcaster reported.

Lebanon PM Hariri says party loses third of seats

Lebanon PM Hariri says party loses third of seats

The prime minister admitted that he had hoped for a stronger showing but said he remained happy with the result, which contrasts with the expected gains made by the rival camp led by the Hezbollah group.

Lebanese vote in first general election in nine years

Lebanese vote in first general election in nine years

Voters queued at polling stations across Lebanon on Sunday to take part in its first general election in nine years - an event seen as important for economic stability but unlikely to upset the overall balance of power.

Lebanese vote in first general election in nine years

Lebanese vote in first general election in nine years

Lebanese began voting on Sunday in their first general election for nine years, one that is seen as unlikely to upend the country's basic contours of power but is important for economic stability.

Kuwait Airways halts Beirut flights as Syria tensions grow

Kuwait Airways halts Beirut flights as Syria tensions grow

Kuwait's national carrier halted flights to Beirut on Thursday citing security concerns, after an air safety watchdog warned of potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days.

Lebanon wins initial pledges of $2.8bn at Paris conference

Lebanon wins initial pledges of $2.8bn at Paris conference

The pledges came at a donors conference in Paris on Friday where Lebanon was seeking help for its economy, battered by the fallout of seven years of war in Syria.