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08-13-13
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai Monday called on “all political parties to shoulder their decisive and historical responsibilities.” Rai’s comments came during a mass in the upper Metn village of Mtein, where he concluded a two-day tour of the area.

08-13-13
Pollution caused mostly by car emissions in the capital can reach levels as high as two thirds over the global limit, increasing respiratory problems and the long-term risk of developing lung cancer, a newly published study has found. “The results are alarming and show that Beirut witnesses chronic pollution,” the study’s authors said.

08-13-13
Ankara kept its cultural and trade centers in Beirut closed over the recent abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots as Lebanese authorities took measures to protect Turkish interests in the country.

08-13-13
Relatives of Lebanese hostages in Syria warned Monday they will kidnap any Turkish national in Beirut and its suburbs in protest of the ongoing detention of Mohammad Saleh suspected of involvement in Friday's abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots.

08-13-13
Lebanon issued Monday six arrest warrants, five in absentia, for members of a “terrorist cell” involved in bombings, including an ambush that killed a Hezbollah member in the Bekaa Valley.

08-13-13
Nine years after a massive car bomb killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and plunged Lebanon into its worst political turmoil since the Civil War, the trial of the men accused of orchestrating the attack appears within reach. In July, the pretrial judge at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Daniel Fransen, set Jan. 13, 2014, as the tentative date for the start of trial.

08-13-13
The case of the two kidnapped Turkish pilots took an alarming twist Monday when the families of the nine Lebanese hostages in Syria threatened to abduct any Turkish citizen in Beirut and its suburbs to protest the detention of a relative by the police’s Information Branch.

08-13-13
The recent kidnappings of two Turkish pilots will weigh heavily on Lebanon’s tourism sector, which has already lost $40 million in revenues during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, industry experts told The Daily Star. However, other ventures between Lebanon and Turkey are unlikely to be affected in the short term, experts say.

08-12-13
President Michel Suleiman on Sunday held talks with the security officials over the deadly al-Labweh incident that happened earlier in the day, urging “utmost efforts to contain the situation and arrest the perpetrators and refer them to the relevant judicial authorities.”

08-12-13
Mohammed Saleh, a relative of one of the Aazaz abductees, was arrested on Sunday on charges of having links to the kidnappers of the two Turkish pilots.

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