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2009-02-05 11:20:00

Scientists said on Thursday that climate change is threatening Lebanon's majestic cedar trees "” the country's most treasured symbol. Lebanon's cedars are now on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's "Red List" as a "heavily threatened" species and local experts and environmentalists warn that global warming could have a negative impact on the cedars. Nizar Hani, scientific coordinator of the Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve in the mountainous Shouf area southeast of Beirut,...

2006-08-17 12:34:16

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Anti-Syrian Lebanese leaders accused Syria on Thursday of trying to exploit the war between Hizbollah and Israel for its own gain after Damascus partly blamed them for the conflict. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday likened anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians who make up the majority in parliament to former leaders who concluded a 1983 peace deal with Israel that was never ratified. He blamed them for the 34-day war ended this week by a truce. "Israel is...

2006-07-04 01:16:39

BEIRUT (Reuters) - One person was killed and five were wounded in a firefight between followers of rival Lebanese Druze leaders on Tuesday, security sources said. They said the overnight clash began when supporters of pro-Syrian former minister Wiam Wahhab were plastering posters in the village of Jahiliyah, southeast of Beirut, sparking a dispute with followers of Druze chieftain Walid Jumblatt, a fiery critic of Damascus. Lebanese army units moved in and ended the clash, the...

2006-03-09 18:36:23

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Lebanon and the United Nations are close to completing plans for a tribunal to prosecute suspects in the 2005 murder of former prime minister Rafik Hariri and others, a Lebanese official said on Thursday. The court was set to be located outside Lebanon and headed by a non-Lebanese judge, but would still have "a significant Lebanese presence," Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh told a news conference. Hamadeh spoke to U.N....

2006-03-07 09:49:06

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's political crisis deepened on Tuesday when a row over a fiery statement by an anti-Syrian leader led to the adjournment of talks aimed at ending sharp differences between rival politicians. The "national dialogue conference" held in Beirut was abruptly adjourned until next week with no agreement on the key issues of the fate of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, disarming Hizbollah guerrillas and ties with Syria. Parliament Speaker Nabih...

2006-03-06 15:53:53

By Leila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rival Lebanese leaders gave conflicting assessments on Monday of how talks aimed at defusing Lebanon's worst political crisis in 16 years are progressing. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a close Syria ally who had called the "national dialogue conference," said progress was being made and vowed to stay the course, but fierce anti-Syrian leader Walid Jumblatt said the talks were stalled. Muslim and Christian leaders, both pro- and anti-Syrian, began...

2006-03-03 15:09:48

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rival Lebanese leaders failed on Friday to bridge sharp differences over the fate of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud and the disarming of Hizbollah guerrillas at a second day of talks to end Lebanon's political crisis. Political sources said heated debate raged between Muslim and Christian leaders, both pro- and anti-Syrian, at a "national dialogue conference" at parliament in the largest such gathering since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war....

2006-02-14 19:54:06

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Tuesday asked Lebanon to explain reports of arms shipments crossing the Syrian border destined for the Lebanese guerrilla group Hizbollah. Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, a foe of Syria, said over the weekend that truckloads of arms and missiles had crossed the border intended for "armed groups" inside Lebanon. He alleged that the Lebanese army intercepted the shipment but allowed delivery to Hizbollah and...

2006-02-14 12:06:14

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least half a million Lebanese packed central Beirut on Tuesday, a year to the day after the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, giving new impetus to Lebanon's anti-Syrian coalition. The turnout was reminiscent of huge protests after last year's February 14 killing of Hariri and 22 others. Those demonstrations, coupled with international pressure, forced Syria to end its 29-year military presence in Lebanon, although Damascus denies...

2006-02-14 08:17:44

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Half a million flag-waving Lebanese packed central Beirut on Tuesday, a year to the day after the assassination of former premier Rafik al-Hariri, giving new impetus to Lebanon's anti-Syrian coalition. The turnout was reminiscent of huge protests after last year's February 14 killing of Hariri and 22 others. Those demonstrations, coupled with international pressure, forced Syria to end its 29-year military presence in Lebanon, although Damascus...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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