Minister claims Lebanon faces 'conspiracy' over gas fields

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- As Lebanon's political leaders and sectarian chieftains squabble over who will control the Energy Ministry and the oil and gas bonanza in the eastern Mediterranean, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil accuses rivals of "conspiring against our oil."

Lebanon's PM close to issuing Cabinet list

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is pushing ahead with a Cabinet list despite reservations from a pro-Hezbollah official, a political leader said.

Lebanon pols battle over energy ministry to control gasfields

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- As deeply divided Lebanon struggles to form a new government after 10 months of political paralysis, one of the key issues is which faction will control the Energy Ministry and the development of potentially rich offshore gas fields.

Lebanon's prospects of gas bonanza slip further away

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- With Lebanon's long-awaited auction for exploration licenses in the gas-rich eastern Mediterranean postponed again because there's no functioning government, time may be running out for the tiny country to grasp what's likely to be its last chance for economic salvation as it slips once more toward sectarian savagery.

Lebanon's energy minister boasts gas reserves skyrocket, but ...

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Energy Minister Gebran Bassil says that the natural gas reserves off Lebanon's Mediterranean coast are far greater than previously estimated, and boasts of the possibility of 95.9 trillion cubic feet, plus 865 million barrels of oil.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
By United Press International

Lebanon's feuding pols block Med gas drilling again

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Lebanon's problem-plagued efforts to launch a major gas exploration program in the eastern Mediterranean seems to be jinxed, largely because of feuding politicians who seem determined to sabotage the troubled country's hopes of economic salvation.

Lebanese Parliament sessions canceled due to MP boycott

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 29 (UPI) -- Parliament sessions in Lebanon were postponed Monday for the third time this month as a result of a repeat boycott by lawmakers, officials said.

Iran calls for support for Hezbollah, Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 3 (UPI) -- It is important for members of the Lebanese political class to stand by Hezbollah and its support for the Syrian government, the Iranian envoy to Beirut said.

Lebanon's rifts threaten Med gas bonanza

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 21 (UPI) -- As Lebanon moves to explore Mediterranean natural gas fields, the chance for economic salvation could be wrecked by sectarian rivalries and endemic corruption.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
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Spy arrests expose Israeli penetration

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The arrest of a retired telecoms expert on suspicion of spying for Israel for 35 years has stunned Lebanon where 150 foreign agents have been arrested since 2009.
U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

U.S. official visits Lebanese officials

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomat arrived in Beirut as the United States ramped up pressure on Lebanon to fund a U.N.-backed probe into the 2005 slaying of Rafik Hariri.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
By United Press International

Hezbollah justified as anti-Israel shield

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 24 (UPI) -- Lebanon needs Hezbollah as a defense against Israel, a Christian ally of the Shiite Muslim movement said Sunday.

Christian controversy shakes Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A decision by former Lebanese Prime Minister Michel Aoun to attend Christian celebrations in neighboring Syria sparked outrage at home in Beirut.
Aoun undermines optimism in Beirut

Aoun undermines optimism in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Michel Aoun rejected the latest proposal for ministerial portfolios in the Lebanese government following early optimism for a new Cabinet.

Cabinet talks going nowhere in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Cabinet deliberations in Beirut dragged on as Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri failed to end the impasse over the Telecommunications Ministry.

Opposition restless in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmakers in Lebanon said they would consider a new approach if a government is not formed by the end of the week.

New snags in Lebanese government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Demands by top party leaders in Beirut for more ministerial positions in the next Lebanese government threaten to derail the latest momentum, analysts say.

Telecom deal in Lebanon Cabinet?

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Lawmakers described the latest round of talks on a new government in Lebanon as positive as leaders discuss the next telecommunications minister.

U.N. hopeful for Lebanese government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The political sentiment among lawmakers in Beirut suggests a national unity government is forthcoming, the U.N. special envoy to Lebanon said.
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