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."

Finger-pointing slows Lebanese political development

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Hezbollah has no right to hold political developments in Lebanon hostage, a member of the Future Movement, a Western-backed party, said Monday.

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 protecting politicians targeted by death threats

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Measures are being taken to protect Lebanese political figures who are facing death threats, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said.

U.S. stands in support of Lebanon's integrity

KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Washington will work with the Lebanese military to prevent sectarian violence from threatening national integrity, the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday.

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 reschedules oil, gas auction

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said an auction for oil and gas licenses offshore was delayed but the new April deadline was firm.
Former U.S. envoy Mohamad Chatah killed in Beirut bombing

Former U.S. envoy Mohamad Chatah killed in Beirut bombing

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A car bomb in Beirut Friday killed six people, including its likely target, a former ambassador from Lebanon to the United States, officials said.

Lebanese officials condemn death of soldier in suicide attacks

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Two suicide attacks that resulted in the death of a Lebanese soldier in the city of Sidon were condemned Monday by Lebanon's leaders and lawmakers.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon say aid groups need to do more

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Syrian refugees in Lebanon say relief agencies must provide aid that helps protect them against colder weather that is moving in.

Beirut seeks bids for LNG import facility

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said he was soliciting bids for a liquefied natural gas plant to lower the nation's energy import bill.

Lebanon's chances of new cabinet slim

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Lebanese figures are still pushing for the formation of a cabinet, though some are starting to express doubt that any developments will take place soon.

Amid growing violence, Lebanon presses on with Med gas auction

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- As Lebanon stands on the brink of a new spasm of sectarian bloodletting, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil says he plans to go ahead with moves to launch exploration of offshore gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean on Jan. 10.

Tripoli, Lebanon, under military control

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Lebanese government placed Tripoli under military control to curb violence between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime, officials said.
Mikati to represent Beirut at Syrian peace talks

Mikati to represent Beirut at Syrian peace talks

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati will represent Lebanon at planned peace talks on Syria, government sources told The Daily Star newspaper in Beirut.

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.

Lebanon's gas hopes leak away amid country's woes

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Lebanese officials are struggling to paper over the country's plethora of problems, political and otherwise, that are holding up exploration for natural gas in its sector of the eastern Mediterranean while Israel and even bankrupt Cyprus are already well advanced in exploiting their reserves.

Energy investors nervous about Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Energy investors are frustrated Lebanon hasn't been able to form a new government since the prime minister resigned in March, an executive said.
Hezbollah attackers subject of arrest warrant

Hezbollah attackers subject of arrest warrant

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Six arrest warrants were issued in Lebanon for national and Syrian suspects tied to the July ambush of members of Hezbollah, a judicial official said.

Lebanon on political edge after Turkish kidnapping

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A pro-Western political alliance in Lebanon said the Friday abduction of two Turkish pilots at the Beirut airport was meant to ruin the country's credibility.

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.

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.

EU move on Hezbollah frustrates Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 26 (UPI) -- The EU's decision to list Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist organization will complicate Lebanese political affairs, a caretaker minister in Beirut said.

Hezbollah rails against EU decision

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 23 (UPI) -- Hezbollah criticized Europe's decision to blacklist its military wing, calling it aggressive and unjust, and saying there was no evidence to support it.

U.N. Security Council stern with divided Lebanon

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (UPI) -- Lebanon must ensure the country remains secure and shielded from ongoing crises in neighboring Syria, the U.N. Security Council said.
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