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07-05-13
Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, whose fate became uncertain after the army stormed his headquarters on June 24, resurfaced Thursday in an alleged audio message in which he described the deadly Sidon clashes as a plot aimed at ending his presence.

07-05-13
Free Patriotic Movement caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil stressed on Friday the military institution will not be hit by vacuum if Army commander General Jean Qahwaji was referred to retirement.

07-05-13
Attempts by President Michel Suleiman to bring viewpoints closer between Speaker Nabih Berri and Caretaker Premier Najib Miqati on a controversial parliamentary session have failed, media reports said Friday.

07-05-13
National organizations called Thursday for laws safeguarding women against domestic violence, vowing to continue their campaign as long as females in the country were under threat.

07-05-13
Residents of the Beirut neighborhood of Al-Tariq al-Jadideh said they respected the rule of the state, but acknowledged that pervading feelings of marginalization among the Sunni community could give rise to undesirable consequences in the future.

07-05-13
Parliaments Joint Committees Thursday formed a subcommittee tasked with studying a new salary scale for public employees and teachers, giving it two months to complete its work. The meeting was also attended by caretaker Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi and representatives from the Lebanese Army, Internal Security Forces and General Security.

07-05-13
Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged 37 people Thursday, including Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir and his two sons, over the recent clashes between Assir's gunmen and the Lebanese Army in the Sidon suburb of Abra.

07-04-13
Lebanese politicians from both the rival March 8 and March 14 camps are under threat of death and intelligence agencies are pursuing leads in this regard, caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published Wednesday.

07-04-13
United States Ambassador Maura Connelly reiterated her countrys commitment to Lebanons stability and sovereignty Wednesday saying Lebanon and the U.S. were partners in rejecting terrorism. Speaking at a reception to mark the July 4 celebrations, the ambassador said the U.S. works hard to keep its democracy vibrant and to defeat the tyrant, so too does Lebanon struggle with its own democratic processes and with its own threatened tyranny.

07-04-13
There seems no doubt that Hezbollah played a suspect role in the removal of Sheikh Ahmad Assir in Abra. This has angered many Sunnis, understandably so. However, the sense of doom hovering over Lebanon before that showdown has subsided and many Lebanese backed the Army and do not regret Assirs defeat.

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