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Suleiman Assures: Army is Fully Authorized to Strike Perpetrators in Sidon

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President Michel Suleiman assured on Sunday that the army is “fully authorized” to strike the attackers in the latest clashes between the gunmen of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir and the army’s forces in the southern city of Sidon.... Read full article

Lebanon Marks Army Day as Country Gears Up for Battle Against Jihadists

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Lebanon marks on Tuesday the 72nd anniversary of the founding of its army, as the military institution gears up for a challenging battle in the outskirts of the border towns of al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek to eliminate jihadists entrenched in the area.... Read full article

Akkar Citizen Turns 122 on New Year's Eve

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Maimouna al-Amin turned 122-years-old on New Year's eve Monday, said the National News Agency in a special report. Amin, who hails from the Akkar town of Fnaidiq, was born in 1890, but she claims to have been born years before.... Read full article

Lebanese descended from Biblical Canaanites: genetic study

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Modern day Lebanese people are largely descended from an ancient tribe ordered to be annihilated or forced from the land in the Bible. The Canaanites, who according to the Old Testament occupied the Jewish Promised Land, were largely conquered ...... Read full article

State begins removing political signs in Beirut, Tripoli

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Municipality workers began removing political signage and party banners in Beirut and Tripoli Thursday, in line with an agreement reached during dialogue sessions between the Future Movement and Hezbollah to defuse sectarian tensions.... Read full article

Australia Day honours: Abla Amad, Melbourne restaurateur recognised in Australia Day awards

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When Lebanese immigrant Abla Amad opened her own restaurant in Melbourne's cosmopolitan Carlton in 1979, she wanted to introduce the community to authentic food she cooked for her family at home.... Read full article

Rahi Voices Calls for 'Slimline Crisis Government'

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Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi called for the formation of a “slimline crisis government” to end the governmental “vacuum” and carry out reforms required by the CEDRE Conference, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.... Read full article

THE 44 PLACES TO GO IN 2009 - Beirut Number #1

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With a recent (though perhaps tenuous) detente keeping the violence in check, the capital of Lebanon is poised to reclaim its title as the Paris of the Middle East.... Read full article

Lebanon Sinks Old Tanks to Create Underwater Dive 'Park'

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Lebanese environmentalists on Saturday sank 10 old tanks and armored vehicles to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in a novel attempt to attract divers and create new habitats for marine life.... Read full article

Lebanese Woman Jailed in Egypt after Making Harassment Claim

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A Lebanese woman was jailed for eight years in Egypt on Saturday for "harming" its people, a judicial source said, after she claimed in a video to have been sexually assaulted. ... Read full article

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