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Syria gives nod to new Lebanese government

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi extended a note of congratulation Tuesday to his Lebanese counterpart, Tammam Salam, for forming a new government.

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.

Syria war boost jihadist threat in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Syria's increasingly sectarian civil war has given impetus to the rapid growth of Sunni Muslim jihadists in Lebanon, a powder keg of sectarian passions, emboldening them to extend their reach by attacking the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah with deadly force on its home ground for the first time.

U.S. pledges support for Lebanon's security

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The United States is committed to supporting Lebanese efforts to maintain national security in the face of Syrian threats, a visiting diplomat said Friday.
Saudis' $3 billion gift biggest ever to Lebanese armed forces

Saudis' $3 billion gift biggest ever to Lebanese armed forces

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's $3 billion pledge to strengthen Lebanon's armed forces is the largest aid package ever given to the country's military, Lebanon's president said.

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.

Suleiman: Lebanon feeling strain of Syrian refugees

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Lebanon isn't getting the help it needs to cope with the number of Syrians streaming across the border to seek shelter from war, the Lebanese president said.

Lebanon needs help, friends say

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Lebanon must take responsibility for ensuring its own security but it needs support from the international community, the British foreign secretary said.

Syria rebel killed by Lebanese forces

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Lebanese military said Wednesday a member of the Syrian rebel group al-Nusra Front was killed after crossing a checkpoint in the east of the country.

London issues security alert for Lebanon

LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The British government said Friday it was advising against travel to areas along the Lebanese border with Syria, citing a risk of anti-Western sentiment.

Lebanese military put on alert

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The Lebanese military is called on to respond with "appropriate means" to weekend rocket fire from Syrian territory, the Lebanese president said.

Beirut wants to haul Israel before U.N.

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called on the government to raise an Israeli border incident with members of the international community.

Israel, Lebanon investigating border explosion

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman Thursday urged the military to investigate thoroughly a border incident that left Israeli soldiers injured.

Beirut attacks dampen Lebanese spirit

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Lebanon's foreign minister said Friday terrorist organizations were starting to take their toll on the nation's state of security.

Beirut reviews status of Hezbollah's arms

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said Thursday the issue of Hezbollah's weapons should be reviewed in light of regional instability.

Lebanon reviews national security options

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 8 (UPI) -- Security officials in the coastal city of Sidon called for additional military patrols to ensure regional stability, the Lebanese government said Monday.

Abbas reaffirms neutrality in Hezbollah-Lebanon conflict

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 6 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrapped up a three-day visit to neighboring Lebanon where he affirmed his neutrality in the Syrian conflict.

U.S. gives Lebanon security assurances

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 1 (UPI) -- The Lebanese government said Monday it received assurances on national security from visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

Lebanon reports more fighting in Sidon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 28 (UPI) -- The Lebanese government said Friday its soldiers were fighting with Sunni gunmen in a municipality of Sidon, the scene of deadly weekend clashes.

Beirut weighs formal options with Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 18 (UPI) -- Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said Tuesday he was considering filing a formal complaint against Syria with the United Nations and Arab League.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 25, 2013.
By United Press International

Carney says U.S. condemns Hezbollah support of Assad regime

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Hezbollah's efforts to help the Assad regime win the civil war in Syria is a concern to the United States and its allies, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
By United Press International

U.N. peacekeeping chief arrives in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 15 (UPI) -- A relative sense of calm along a U.N.-demarcated boundary between Israel and Lebanon is a sign of multilateral support for peace, a U.N. official said.

Bombing in Turkey frustrates Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 13 (UPI) -- The Lebanese government said Monday it wanted to see those responsible for a weekend bombing in Turkey held accountable to the rule of law.
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