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2008-07-07 06:00:16

Text of report in English by privately-owned Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star website on 7 July Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince al-Walid bin-Talal now holds more than 85 per cent of shares of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation satellite television channel (LBC-SAT) and the Production and Acquisition Company (PAC), according to An-Nahar daily. The acquisition resulted in an increase in the group's capital, which now stands at 123m dollars. LBC chairman and director-general Pierre...

2008-07-02 15:00:15

Lebanese Hezbollah Al-Manar TV at 1502 gmt on 2 July continues to carry live relay from an unidentified location in Beirut a news conference by Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah, who is seen addressing journalists via a large screen. Audio and video reception continues to be good. At 1503 gmt, Nasrallah begins answering journalists' questions: Asked why the issue of Nasrallah's personal safety was not raised during the indirect negotiations and why the Lebanese government was...

2008-07-02 12:00:49

A new Lebanese singer has been introduced to the music business, artist Vivian Azarah. She has released her first song "Eh" (What), written by Abed Al Minem Taha, composed by Wiaam and distributed by Adel Haqi. The song has been aired on various Lebanese radio stations and listeners have loved it, requesting it frequently. Since the song became popular, Vivian decided to make a music video clip for the new song and she is traveling between Beirut and Cairo to film it. In Beirut, the...

2008-07-02 12:00:32

Text of report in English by privately-owned Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star website on 2 July ["Siniora Hails Prisoner Swap as Win for Hezbollah, Lebanon" - The Daily Star Headline] BEIRUT: Prime Minister Fu'ad al-Sanyurah said on Tuesday [1 July] that a prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah constituted a "huge failure" for the Jewish state and a "national success" for the Lebanese party. "The release of the prisoners, thanks to the German mediator... is a huge failure for the...

2006-09-06 04:51:38

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it could gradually dismantle its blockade of Lebanon as Lebanese and U.N. forces control entry points to stop Hizbollah rearming, and the U.N. commander in the south said a breakthrough could be close. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was in Ankara for talks on Turkey's contribution to a bigger UNIFIL peacekeeping force in Lebanon, has tried to orchestrate a deal to end an 8-week-blockade that...

2006-09-05 10:28:07

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday he hoped for word on the lifting of an Israeli blockade on Lebanon within two days as the shape of a carefully orchestrated deal involving France, Italy and Germany emerged. In Egypt, Annan said he hoped the next 48 hours would bring "positive" news on the lifting of the Israeli embargo imposed on Lebanon's ports and airport since July 13, the day after Hizbollah sparked a...

2006-09-05 04:23:16

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A roadside bomb blast killed an escort of a senior Lebanese intelligence officer, who was among five people wounded in the attack near Lebanon's southern city of Sidon on Tuesday, police said. Police had earlier reported two of the officer's companions had been killed by a bomb planted in their car. The officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Samir Shehadeh, holds a senior post in the Interior Ministry's intelligence branch and has played a leading role in Lebanon's...

2006-09-04 15:16:06

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday he would appoint a secret envoy to work for the release of the two Israeli soldiers whose capture by Lebanon's Hizbollah group triggered a month-long war. Israeli officials said Annan's role was to secure the release of the soldiers, not to mediate. Hizbollah gave a cautious response, backing only indirect negotiations to secure an exchange of prisoners from both sides. "The two sides have accepted...

2006-09-04 13:57:49

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday he would appoint a secret negotiator to mediate between Israel and Hizbollah for the release of two Israeli soldiers seized in July. But Israeli officials said Annan's role was to secure the release of the soldiers demanded by a U.N. resolution, not to mediate. Hizbollah gave a cautious response, backing only indirect negotiations to secure a prisoner exchange. "The two sides have accepted the effort...

2006-09-04 12:11:01

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday he would appoint a secret negotiator to mediate between Israel and Hizbollah for the release of two Israeli soldiers seized in July. "The two sides have accepted the effort of the secretary-general to help solve this problem," Annan told a news conference in Saudi Arabia. "I will appoint a person to work secretly with the two sides ... I will not announce his name today or tomorrow," he said through...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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