If only we could be less religious
The city of Kaduna is as much the city of Lord Frederick Lugard as well as that of Ahmadu Bello. The two were the most famous men ever to reside in that city. Lugard made the small settlement the capital of his new entity called Northern Nigeria. While the pacification of the emirates was going…
Christian ex-warlords reconcile in Lebanon
Two rival Christian leaders in Lebanon, Sleiman Frangieh and Samir Geagea, reconciled Wednesday after four decades of enmity dating back to a massacre during the country's 1975-1990 civil war. Geagea was accused of leading a militia raid which killed Frangieh's parents, three-year-old sister and dozens of rival fighters in northern Lebanon in 1978. The two…
Brazil's World Cup defeat hits home in Lebanon
Brazil's surprise defeat in the World Cup has stunned fans in the Lebanese capital Beirut, where football supporters have long put their hopes in the Latin American side. "We are all Brazilian, we all love Brazil to death whatever happens," said Ali, dressed in a skin-tight shirt, after seeing his heroes lose 2-1 to Belgium…
Lebanon vote results set to cement Hezbollah dominance
Hezbollah was poised to seal its dominance of Lebanon Monday with results for the country's first general election this decade expected to confirm the Iran-backed party as the main winner.
Election fever hits Lebanon, nine years since last legislative vote
As its first parliamentary vote in nearly a decade approaches, Lebanon has been swept into campaign fever: posters on every corner, televised debates, and neighbours bickering over new electoral procedures. Stakes are high in the long-awaited May 6 poll, the first test of Lebanon's 2017 voting law, that will carve out the country's political and…
British embassy worker found murdered in Lebanon
A British woman employed at the UK embassy in Lebanon has been found murdered, a senior official said Sunday, adding that the crime did not appear to be political. "Our first impression is that it's not politically motivated," the official, who is involved in the investigation, told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. He confirmed…
Macron warns against meddling in Lebanon at Hariri support meeting
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday warned regional powers against meddling in Lebanon at a international meeting aimed at fending off pressure on the fragile country from rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Lebanon prime minister Hariri rescinds resignation
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Tuesday that he had withdrawn his resignation, a month after his shock announcement that he was quitting sparked a political crisis.
Lebanon's PM Hariri says resignation on hold pending talks
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday he had agreed to suspend his surprise decision to resign, at the request of President Michel Aoun, pending talks on the political situation.
Pressure mounts for 'detained' Lebanon PM to return from Riyadh
Pressure in Lebanon and abroad mounted on Wednesday for premier Saad Hariri to return to Beirut from Saudi Arabia, where he has stayed since his surprise resignation earlier this month.