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Lebanese American designer Reem Acra. ©Reuters/Cynthia Karam
New York designer vows to kickstart Mideast fashion

Three decades after escaping Lebanon's civil war to fulfil her dream of making it in New York fashion, Reem Acra's client list reads like a who's who of Hollywood's A-list.

New York designer vows to kickstart Mideast fashion
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Nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria freed

Nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims kidnapped by rebels in Syria last year have been released, with signs that two Turkish pilots whose abduction was linked to their capture may also be freed.

Nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria freed
Hezbollah turns Beirut bastion into fortress
Hezbollah turns Beirut bastion into fortress

Streets leading into powerful Hezbollah's stronghold in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital have been cordoned off, as guards in civilian clothes search a long line of cars.

Hezbollah turns Beirut bastion into fortress
Beirut car bomb kills 18 in Hezbollah stronghold
Beirut car bomb kills 18 in Hezbollah stronghold

A huge car bomb blast killed at least 18 people Thursday in a densely populated Beirut bastion of Lebanon's Shiite group Hezbollah, a military backer of Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

Beirut car bomb kills 18 in Hezbollah stronghold
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Iran denounces blacklisting of ally Hezbollah

Shiite Iran has denounced the European Union for its decision to blacklist Hezbollah's armed wing as a terror group, accusing it of acting in Israel's interests.

Iran denounces blacklisting of ally Hezbollah
EU puts Hezbollah 'military wing' on terror list
EU puts Hezbollah 'military wing' on terror list

The European Union on Monday put the military wing of Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on its of terrorist organisations, a move that the group slammed as aggressive and unjust.

EU puts Hezbollah 'military wing' on terror list
EU foreign ministers ready to blacklist Hezbollah
EU foreign ministers ready to blacklist Hezbollah

EU foreign ministers decide Monday whether to blacklist the military wing of Lebanon's Hezbollah group, with an eye also on the conflict in Syria and the possible resumption of stalled Israel-Palestinian talks.

EU foreign ministers ready to blacklist Hezbollah
West demands tougher action against Iran arms to Syria
West demands tougher action against Iran arms to Syria

The United States on Monday led western calls for tougher UN action on Iran's arms supplies to Syria and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

West demands tougher action against Iran arms to Syria
Car bomb wounds 53 in Shiite Beirut suburb
Car bomb wounds 53 in Shiite Beirut suburb

A car bomb rocked south Beirut, injuring at least 53 people in the most serious incident in the stronghold of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement since the start of the Syrian conflict.

Car bomb wounds 53 in Shiite Beirut suburb
The criminals broke the hand of the second director Vladislav Kolyosov. Photo courtesy of kapital.kz
Kazakhstan journalists attacked in Lebanon

A camera crew of Channel 1 Eurasia has been attacked in Beirut, Lebanon during shooting of a movie about the Arab Spring.

Kazakhstan journalists attacked in Lebanon
Lebanon tourism pays the price for Syria's war
Lebanon tourism pays the price for Syria's war

Dia's restaurant in the Lebanese resort village of Aley is deserted. Most years, he caters to thousands of rich Gulf Arab tourists and to visiting expats, but this year no one has come.

Lebanon tourism pays the price for Syria's war
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US fines 'Hezbollah' bank $102 mn for laundering

A Lebanese bank accused of laundering money from drugs and other operations for clients tied to Hezbollah militants agreed Tuesday to pay US authorities $102 million to settle the charges.

US fines 'Hezbollah' bank $102 mn for laundering
Syria helicopter raid sparks Lebanon warning
Syria helicopter raid sparks Lebanon warning

Lebanon's army has warned it will hit back against any new attacks from Syria after a helicopter gunship struck an eastern town, ratcheting up tensions amid US-British talks on the conflict.

Syria helicopter raid sparks Lebanon warning
Syria rebels converge on airbase as US mulls support
Syria rebels converge on airbase as US mulls support

Syrian rebels have clashed with government troops after converging on a military airport in Aleppo.

Syria rebels converge on airbase as US mulls support
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Highway plan sparks fear for Beirut heritage

A new highway touted as a way to ease Beirut's notorious traffic has angered residents and activists who say it will destroy rare old houses that survived Lebanon's 15-year civil war.

Highway plan sparks fear for Beirut heritage
Rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon
Rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon

Four rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon's eastern Bekaa region on Saturday, causing no casualties, in the latest spillover from the more than two-year conflict in Lebanon's larger neighbour.

Rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon
Clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli kill 23: security source
Clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli kill 23: security source

At least 23 people have been killed since Sunday in Syria-linked clashes between Sunni and Alawite residents of the Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

Clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli kill 23: security source
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Lebanon 'liberal' for Mideast, but gays still targeted

Lebanon has a reputation as the most liberal country in the conservative Middle East, but even a night on the town for gays can end in arrest and humiliating sexuality "tests".

Lebanon 'liberal' for Mideast, but gays still targeted
Hezbollah's Syria role threatens Lebanon 'neutrality'
Hezbollah's Syria role threatens Lebanon 'neutrality'

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah's decision to fight openly alongside the Syrian regime will increase Lebanon's involvement in Syria's conflict, despite a policy of neutrality.

Hezbollah's Syria role threatens Lebanon 'neutrality'
Lebanese former minister Tammam Salam. ©REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Salam set to be named Lebanon prime minister

Tamam Salam of the Western-backed opposition is to be named Lebanon's prime minister Saturday, two weeks after Najib Mikati resigned and effectively brought down his Hezbollah-dominated government.

Salam set to be named Lebanon prime minister