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  • HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017: LIBERATION OF ARSAL OUT…

    NNA – The year 2017 witnessed a series of prominent local events dominated by Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sudden resignation from Saudi Arabia. This sparked a flurry of conflicting positions, which eventually lead to Hariri’s return to Lebanon. The year 2017 also witnessed a historic pastoral visit by Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi to Saudi Arabia.

    What also distinguished the year 2017 is the House of Parliament’s endorsement of a new electoral law in preparation for the parliamentary elections expected in May 2018, and the adoption of a general budget — after 12 years of failing to do so — as well as the approval of the lengthily awaited wage hike for public sector employees.

    On the other hand, the Lebanese army managed to liberate Arsal outskirts, Ras Baalbek and al-Qaa from the grip of terrorists and to receive the bodies of the soldiers who were kidnapped by Daesh.

    Also at the security level, 2017 unfortunately witnessed many crimes due to the uncontrolled access to illegal weapons. In addition, customs managed to seize large quantities of drugs.

    At the international scene, the world, including Lebanon, was shocked by the announcement by US President Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — a decision that was met by Arab and international diplomatic denunciations.

    News about the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Houthis in Yemen shook the regional scene. On the other hand, the war against Daesh in Iraq ended, and so did the Gulf-Qatari crisis.

    Terrorism in 2017 hit many parts of the world through the bombing of churches and mosques, and other terrorist acts in many countries.

    The National News Agency publishes hereunder the most prominent events of 2017, wishing its followers a year of peace and tranquility.

    January 2017

    1/1
    – Terrorist attack in Istanbul leaves behind many casualties and wounded, including a number of Lebanese
    – Bishop Hilarion Kabuji passes away
    2/1
    – Lebanon receives bodies of Istanbul’s Reina nightclub terrorist attack victims
    3/1
    – Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister, Nasser al-Gouda, in Beirut to meet officials
    4/1
    – Cabinet convenes in session for first time after gaining confidence
    5/1
    – Iraqi forces launch operation to take back control over country’s western regions
    6/1
    – MP Badr Wannous passes away.
    – Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Zhang Ming, in Beirut
    – Five dead, eight wounded in shooting at Florida airport
    7/1
    – Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee at the Iranian Islamic Shura Council, Dr. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, in Lebanon to confirm support for country’s demands, highlight seriousness of Iranian offer to arm Lebanese military institution
    8/1
    – Actor Sleiman Basha passes away
    – Four Israeli soldiers killed, 15 injured in vehicle-ramming operation in Al-Quds
    – Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister, Kinatra Sonora, starts official visit to Lebanon
    9/1
    – President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, bound for Riyadh on state visit to KSA upon the invitation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
    – Pope Francis condemns “deadly madness of fundamentalist terrorism: No one can commit murder in the name of God”
    10/1
    – Lebanese-Saudi summit in Riyadh
    11/1
    – President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, in Doha; meets Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
    12/1
    – Lebanon reaps Bronze Medal at International Federation of Skiing championship in Al-Arz
    – First Airbus to land in Iran since lifting of sanctions
    – Judge Hassan Hamdan issues decision to temporarily shut down Costa Brava landfill to deal with seagulls’ situation
    13/1
    – Syrian TV: Israeli missiles target military airport west of Damascus
    – International Prize in Medical Physics granted to Radiation Protection Officer at Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Ibrahim Dheini
    14/1
    – Sudanese Foreign Ministry welcomes US decision to lift economic sanctions off Sudan
    – Silver and Bronze medals for Mano Owais at skiing Championship for Junior States
    – Newly born girl’s body found in garbage bag dumped inside waste container on Filimon Wehbe Street in Kfarshima; cause of death brain hemorrhage, suffocation
    15/1
    – Two bronze, one silver medals reaped by Lebanon at the end of Junior States Championship
    16/1
    – Protesters detain Lebanese, French students in Abidjan, denouncing their unpaid salaries
    – Urgent matters judge orders to re-open Costa Brava landfill temporarily, until January 24 noontime
    – 39th dialogue session between Hezbollah, Future movement
    17/1
    – 180 go missing as immigrant boat sinks in Mediterranean
    18/1
    – International Alliance raids northern Syria, for first time, in support of Turkish operation
    – Lebanon ranks 114th in world, 10th in Arab world at international sports classification
    – Russian Ministry of Defense: Russian, Turkish aircraft carry out first joint strikes against Daesh in Aleppo province
    19/1
    – Ministry of Information contract workers stage sit-in in front of Parliament to demand their rendering public sector full-timers. The National Agency stopped broadcasting news, and then resumed its work after receiving promises to put the draft of MoI contractors on the agenda of the Parliament’s plenary session
    20/1
    – US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony
    – Muqtada al-Sadr in Beirut
    – Rockets fall in Nabi Othman as a result of ongoing battle in Arsal mountains
    – Five Lebanese inventors win medals at International Exhibition of Inventions in Kuwait
    21/1
    – Suicide bombing inside a café on Hamra street thwarted
    23/1
    – Astana conference on Syrian crisis kicks off
    24/1
    – 11 injured in bus-car collision on Halba – Talil road
    – Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnouk announces from Baabda Palace security plan for Bekaa, cooperation between security services
    25/1
    – Lebanon ranks 136 among 176 countries in corruption index
    – Australian Queen awards Lebanese Fadia Ghusein Medal of Merit
    – Second cultural forum for communities held under the title “Lebanon brings us together”, upon the invitation of Saudi Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Walid Bukhari
    26/1
    – European Union foreign policy and security officer, Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, in Beirut
    27/1
    – Information Minister, Melhem Riachy, meet MP Sleiman Frangieh in Bnachii
    – Painter and sculptor Salwa Rawda Shukair passes away aged 100
    – Snowstorm blocks roads and seaports in Lebanon
    28/1
    – President of Islamic Alawite Council, Sheikh Assad Assi, passes away
    – National News Agency reaps “best tourism news agency” title, Geita Grotto “best tourist attraction”
    29/1
    – Dalia Freifer enters Guinness record for longest live television broadcast
    – Silver medal for Ray Bassil at Arab Shooting Championship
    – Attempt to assassinate Advisor to Embassy of Palestine in Lebanon, Ismail Al Sharouf, in Sidon
    30/1
    – Six dead, eight injured in attack on mosque in Quebec
    – Telephone conversation between Putin and Trump
    31/1
    – Sentence to close Costa Brava landfill in four months
    – Lebanon wins West Asian Basketball Championship against Iran

     

    February 2017

    1/2
    – Iran confirms it had conducted missile test
    – Lebanon defeats Jordan in West Asian Basketball Championship, reaping title for fifth time
    2/2
    – German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, meets Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan; expresses “concern over freedom of expression in Turkey”
    3/2
    – Academic Representative of Lebanese American University, George Khalil Najjar, wins AIB Award
    – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in Lebanon
    4/2
    – British Embassy in Beirut, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announce in joint statement that “Britain’s Secretary of State for
    – International Development, Britti Patel, and High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, during their visit to the Bekaa region today, requested emergency support for Lebanon and Syrian refugees”
    5/2
    – Saudi Minister of State, Thamer Al-Sabhan, in Lebanon
    6/2
    – Painter Zuhrab passes away
    7/2
    – Parliamentary session to question government
    – President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, awards artist Elie Choueiri National Order of the Cedar in recognition of his work
    – Gold and bronze medals for popular club Saida at boxing championship in Jordan
    – Deputy Italian Foreign Minister, Vincenzo Amandola, in Lebanon
    8/2
    – Cabinet starts studying 2017 draft budget
    9/2
    – Palestinian opens fire at settlers in northern Tel Aviv market, injures 7
    10/2
    – Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, telephones German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, with talks touching on bilateral relations, the regional situation and the required support from the international community for the economic development plans of the Lebanese government and the approach it adopted to cope with the burden of Syrian displacement on Lebanon, its economy and its infrastructure
    12/2
    – President Michel Aoun, ahead of Cairo and Amman trip, says “Hezbollah’s weapons not directed to the inside, but towards Israeli occupation”
    – North Korea fires ballistic missile
    13/2
    – President Michel Aoun leaves for Cairo and Amman on state visits
    – Young men demonstrate in front of Al-Jadeed TV protesting television show
    14/2
    – Security Council unanimously condemns North Korean missile test
    – Amal supporters gather in front of Al-Jadeed TV building in Wata el-Msaitbeh
    15/2
    – US President announces two-state solution
    16/2
    – 45 people killed in car bomb attack in Baghdad
    – Pope Francis grants Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rahi title of Rotale lawyer at Romanian Rota court
    – US State Department warns Americans against traveling to Lebanon
    17/2
    – UNHCR: More than 850,000 refugees and Lebanese in need of support to withstand winter season
    18/2
    – President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, condemns Israeli threats, comments of Israeli representative at Security Council on Resistance weapons; Aoun warns “Hebrew entity of the consequences of tampering with Lebanon’s sovereignty”
    – Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnouk signs electoral committees’ decree
    19/2
    – Premier Saad Hariri discusses with Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, relations between Lebanon and KSA
    – French presidential candidate, head of National Front, Marine Le Pen, in Lebanon
    20/2
    – Russian Defense Ministry: Four Russian soldiers killed in bomb explosion in Syria
    21/2
    – Painter Wajeeh Nahle passes away
    – British ambassador announces allocation of 2.5 million pounds ($ 3.2 million) to building new international research center in Lebanon
    – Artist Setrak Sarkissian passes away
    22/2
    – UCC stages sit-in to demand salary scale approval
    – Tehran conference adopts President Nabih Berri’s call to close embassies if Washington moves its embassy to Al-Quds
    23/2
    – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Lebanon
    25/2
    – Saudi Foreign Minister in Baghdad for first time
    – Violent clashes in Ain al-Hilweh leave families displaced
    26/2
    – Renewed clashes in Ain el-Helweh between Fatah, radical Islamic groups
    27/2
    – Cabinet session adjourned “because a number of ministers failed to arrive on time”
    28/2
    – Clashes in Ain al-Hilweh amplify

    March 2017

    1/3
    -Electing first board of directors for Lebanese Businessmen Association in the world
    2/3
    -Egypt court acquits Hosni Mubarak over killing of protesters in 2011
    3/3
    -Cabinet approves budget items except for salary scale
    4/3
    -Armed attack against MP Ibrahim Kanaan’s convoy in Dora
    5/3
    -Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for Lebanon at the 2nd Istanbul International Invention Fair
    7/3
    -16 Brazilian football players arrive in Beirut to set up two games with the Lebanese football players
    8/3
    – Cabinet approves Judicial, security appointments 9/3 -Hawaii to file first court challenge to new Trump travel order -Joint Parliamentary Committees endorse salary scale 10/3 -Estonian President in Beirut for three-day visit
    – Clashes erupt between al-Jaafar clan and Palestinians near Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp leaves one dead and seven wounded
    11/3
    -Iraqi Foreign Ministry: 40 Iraqi killed and 120 wounded in a terrorist attack in Damascus 12/3 Lebanese cartoonist Stavro Jabra passes away
    13/3
    -Judges protest against the salary scale law
    -Cabinet completes study of draft budget
    14/3
    -Elysée Palace signs on a protocol to take in 500 Syrian refugees from Lebanon
    15/3
    – President Michel Aoun kicks off official visit to Rome
    – Sit-in at Riad El-Solh square demanding endorsement of salary scale
    – Beshara Asmar, President of the General Labor Union
    – Dozens killed in double suicide attack in Syrian capital
    16/3
    -Protests against Parliament’s approved taxes
    17/3
    – Head of UN’s ESCWA, Rima Khalaf resigns over report on “apartheid” Israel – Protesters hit streets over new taxes
    18/3
    -Sit-ins, protests, rallies against new taxes
    20/3
    -National News Agency kicks off its international conference on “Media Spreading Civilizations and Connecting Dialogues”
    21/3
    -Lebanon ranked 76 out of 188 in Human Development 22/3 -Jesus’ tomb reopens after nine months of restoration
    – Press Syndicate Head, Mohammad Baalbaki passes away
    -12 killed on Westminster Bridge in London
    23/3
    -Hariri ends visit to Cairo
    24/3
    -Clashes erupt in Ain Helweh camp, casualties reported 26/3 One person killed and 15 injured in Ohio nightclub shooting
    27/3
    -Lebanese Khaled Awad elected as Head of Kharsana Institute
    28/3
    -President Michel Aoun travels to Amman for Arab summit
    -Drug dealers arrested after clashes in Laylaki
    -Former Presidents, PMs forward letter to Arab Summit, calling for commitment to international resolutions, Baabda Declaration, Taef Agreement
    29/3
    -UK confirms exit from EU
    -Aoun delivers Lebanon’s word at the Arab Summit: wars between brothers must stop, dialogue ought to begin
    30/3
    -Blast leaves many dead and wounded in Arsal
    -Beirut Airport Customs seize 200 mobile phones, 7 kg of gold
    31/3
    -Security meeting at Baabda Palace devoted to security of the airport and border crossings.

     

    April 2017

    1/4
    – Closure of Salam Khamsa slaughterhouse in Choueifat
    -Two wounded by sniper shooting in ain Helweh
    -Sit-in at Ramlet el-Baida in protest against taking over maritime properties
    2/4
    -First joint project between Lebanese and Turkish industrialists in north Lebanon
    3/4
    – Lebanon wins on membership in Arab League’s Arab Human Rights Committee
    – Explosion in St Petersburg metro kills 10, injures dozens
    – French President Francois Hollande awards PM Saad Hariri the Legion of Honor Medal
    4/4
    -One killed, another injured during an exchange of fire with members of a vehicle theft gang
    -Chemical Attack at Khan Sheikhoun
    5/4
    -Radwan Sayed wins King Faisal International Prize
    6/4
    -General strike by Public Administration Staff Association
    -Lebanon will host the Arab interior ministers next year
    -Questioning session for government
    7/4
    – US-led forces strike Syrian troops, Russia prompts emergency UN meeting
    -Beirut Airport customs foil gold smuggling
    -Four killed by truck driven into crowd in Swedish capital
    -Clashes rock Ain Helweh refugee camp, casualties reported
    -Bombing hits bus convoy carrying civilians
    8/4
    – Death toll climbs in clashes in Ain Helweh
    9/4
    – Deadly blasts hit Coptic churches in Tanta, Alexandria
    -Schools, universities close in Sidon due to ongoing clashes at Palestinian refugees camp
    10/4
    -Cabinet forms ministerial committee to draft new electoral law proposal
    headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri
    11/4
    -Samir Frangieh dies at 71
    12/4
    -Lebanese President Michel Aoun suspends parliament for a month, giving politicians more time to agree on a new electoral law
    -Explosion at police station in Turkey’s Diyarbakir declared a ‘terror attack’
    14/4
    -European Parliament asked to lift Le Pen’s immunity
    15/4
    -“Torch of Light” from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem arrives in Beirut
    -Deadly bus blast hits evacuating Syrians in Aleppo
    16/4
    -Thousands of refugees rescued from the Mediterranean
    17/4
    -Man shot dead two men over a cup of Nescafe
    18/4
    -Development Fund finances 144 projects with 3.7 billion lire and creates 131 new jobs
    20/4
    -French police officer killed in shooting on Champs ?lysées
    – Hezbullah organizes field tour for journalists along Lebanese borders
    21/4
    -Lebanese PM Saad Hariri criticizes Hezbollah press tour to border: Lebanese Government is committed to Security Council Resolution 1701
    -Riachi announces integrated solution plan for media predicament based on reinforcement of the Syndicate and the establishment of a Support fund for social security and retirement
    22/4
    -Lebanese army carries out military operation in outskirts of Arsal which results in killing of so-called “legitimate Emir of Syria”
    -Jumblatt suggests new electoral law proposal
    23/4
    -Israeli attack on Syria’s Quneitra province military camp
    – Alex Demirdjian Wins AM Cup at Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
    24/4
    -Former NASA astronaut Donald Thomas in Beirut
    -More than 20 Daesh terrorists killed, injured in a raid carried out by the Lebanese army in the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck
    25/4
    -Lebanon’s electricity workers protest for full-time contracts
    26/4
    -Lebanese truck drivers protest a decision by Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk to halt all quarry works across the country
    -National News Agency wins Award of “best Arab news agency for Local and Arab tourism” and Jeita Grotto wins title of “best Arab tourist attraction”
    -Brazilian football player Ronaldinho visits Lebanon
    27/4
    -Israeli warplanes hit near Damascus airport
    28/4
    -Real Madrid and Barcelona play friendly match in Beirut
    30/4
    -Tripoli port foils an attempt to smuggle large quantity of Captagon narcotic pills
    -Rahi calls on all political counterparts to agree on new electoral law before losing confidence in Lebanon internally and externally

    May 2017

    1/5
    – Brazilian Parliamentarians of Lebanese origin visit Maronite Patriarch Al-Rahi: Those who encourage our return to Lebanon should solve outstanding problems such as electricity issue, ensuring security, political stability
    2/5
    – Music Composer Antoine Samaha passes away
    – Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah on Wounded Resistance Fighter Day: Electoral law cannot be imposed if rejected by entire Sect, Lebanon on edge of abyss…let everyone bear the consequences!
    3/5
    – National News Agency hosts 42nd Meeting by Asian and Pacific News Agencies’ Executive Council (OANA)
    – Strike in Baalbek in demand for security chaos end
    – Maronite Patriarch Al-Rahi receives Pope’s decree appointing him as lawyer in Romanian Rota Court
    – Speaker Berri to deputies: Parliament Council’s mandate extension absolutely inconceivable!
    – Customs: Thwarted attempt to smuggle 9 Kg of gold through Beirut Airport
    – Accused suspect arrested for killing Major Pierre Bashaalani in Arsal
    4/5
    – President Michel Aoun, PM Saad Hariri sign first decree on Lebanese nationality restoration
    – Russia, Turkey, Iran sign memorandum to establish areas to ease tension escalation in Syria
    5/5
    – “Al-Fouhoud” team ranks second during 9th Annual Warrior Championship in Jordan
    6/5
    – Gold and bronze medals for Lebanon during Junior & Youth Fencing Championship in Jordan
    7/5
    – Six thousand immigrants rescued in two days in Mediterranean
    – Emmanuel Macron President of France
    8/5
    – First evacuation of opposition fighters from Barazah neighborhood in Damascus begins
    9/5
    – Press conference by LF ministers touches on electricity ships issue
    10/5
    – Thwarting of attempt to smuggle 487.5 Kg of cannabis drug destined for export via Beirut Port to Canada
    – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with US President Donald Trump
    11/5
    – Attack on “New TV” Channel
    12/5
    – Thwarting of two-cocaine smuggling attempts through Beirut Airport
    – PM Saad Hariri: Relationship with Hezbollah a “frozen conflict”, points of disagreement exist but will not hinder citizens, country’s interests
    – Israel breaks through Hezbollah’s media relations lines during Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah’s speech
    13/5
    – PM Saad Hariri in Qatar to partake in 17th Doha Forum on “Development, Stability and Refugee Issues”
    14/5
    – Speaker Berri postpones Parliament Council session on election law
    15/5
    – Lebanese Central Bank suspends internal electronic services as precaution measure against internet network virus attack in Lebanon and worldwide
    16/5
    – Environment Minister Tarek Khatib inspects Litani River course in Bar Elias, in wake of pollution, cancer high rates
    17/5
    – State Minister for Women’s Affairs Jean Ogassapian declares November 4 as “Annual Day for Lebanese Women”
    – Three children choke to death inside a car in al-Qadirieh, Khiara
    18/5
    – Army raids over militant positions in outskirts of Arsal, Ras Baalbek, President of the Republic follows-up on executed raids from Army Command’s Chamber of Operations
    – Injuries in a run-off incident in New York’s Times Square
    19/5
    – US President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia to hold three summits: First with Saudi Monarch, Second with Gulf leaders, Third with kings, presidents, princes, heads of governments of Arab and Islamic countries
    – Saudi Arabia labels Hezbollah Chief Executive, Sayyid Hashem Safieddine, as “terrorist”
    20/5
    – Hassan Rouhani wins second presidential mandate
    – PM Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia to participate in Arab-Islamic-American Summit
    21/5
    – Gulf-United States “Memorandum of Understanding” in Riyadh to combat financing of terrorism…Iran’s tools in region classified as terrorist organizations, namely Al-Qa’ida, Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthis
    22/5
    – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Riyadh Summit a show with no political value
    – Israeli “Sky Lark” reconnaissance drone crashes in Aita al-Shaeb region
    – Joint statement on Saudi-US Summit: Emphasizing importance of supporting Lebanese State to extend its sovereignty over all its territories, Lebanese government confirms that Riyadh Declaration is not binding
    23/5
    – More than 22 people killed, about 50 injured in a terrorist attack inside a banquet hall in Manchester, West England
    – Army Associate Ali Ayoub wins first place gold medal in Mediterranean Kung Fu Championship
    24/5
    – Qatari media sites banned in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt after Sheikh Tamim’s statements on relationship with Iran sparks controversy
    – Qatar News Agency Website exposed to piracy, Qatar says, denies publishing any statements attributed to State Emir
    – Cabinet approves renewal of Riad Salameh’s mandate as Central Bank Governor
    25/5
    – 28 people killed, 25 injured in attack on bus transporting Copts in al-Minieh Province
    – 80,000 Captagon pills found inside motor vehicle
    26/5
    – Two soldiers, one terrorist killed during suicide attack in Arsal
    27/5
    – Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani: Lebanon ranked first in health services
    – Several dead, injured in clashes between al-Nusra, Daesh in Arsal outskirts
    28/5
    – Civil Movement protests against Parliament mandate extension
    29/5
    – First meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at Versailles Palace
    30/5
    – Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in Moscow
    31/5
    – More than 150 people killed, 300 injured in Kabul diplomatic district attack
    – One person wounded in Israeli mine explosion in Yaroun outskirts

     

    June 2016

    1/6
    – Moscow raids over fighters fleeing al-Raqqa region
    – 44 bodies of migrants, including children, found in Niger Desert
    – Issuing of Parliament Council decree to hold extraordinary session to endorse new vote law
    2/6
    – Unmanned aircraft crashes in Ferzol plain
    3/6
    – Speaker Berri postpones parliamentary elections session from June 5 to 12 to agree on new electoral law
    – Series of terrorist attacks in London: run-over, stabbing, shooting acts
    4/6
    – Lebanon wins Mediterranean Cup in Rugby League
    5/6
    – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, suspend flights
    – Foiled attempt to smuggle 5Kg of cocaine via Beirut Airport
    6/6
    – Qatari Riyal exchange rates drop to lowest levels
    – US Senate approves decision to transfer US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
    7/6
    – Shooting, suicide bombers inside Iranian Parliament and Imam Khomeini Shrine near Tehran
    8/6
    – Kuwaiti mediation fails between Qatar, Gulf States
    – Former Deputy Samir Azar passes away
    9/6
    – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain declare terrorism list linked to Qatar
    – Around 11 persons killed in suicide bombing in a market south of Baghdad
    – Nurses’ Syndicate wins Innovation Award
    10/6
    – General Security military operation against terrorist group, capturing its members
    – 400 displaced Syrians in Arsal camps return home, under Lebanese Army security coverage
    11/6
    – Iran dispatches five aircrafts carrying food supplies to Qatar
    12/6
    – Saudi officer of Major rank killed in booby trap explosion in al-Awamiyah
    – Lebanese-Cypriot Summit in Baabda: Consensus over bilateral cooperation, uniting efforts to combat terrorism
    13/6
    – Explosive device goes off in amusement park in Arsal
    – Finalization of agreement on new electoral law based on proportionality
    14/6
    – Signing decree to reclaim Mikati government electoral bill, refer cabinet law to Parliament and extend Parliament Council mandate by 11 months
    16/6
    – Several people dead, wounded, including Lebanese, in residential tower fire outbreak in London
    – Parliament Council endorses election law
    18/6
    – End of grace period granted by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE to Qataris to leave their respective territories
    19/6
    – One killed, eight wounded in run-over operation in London
    – Issuing of decree to open extraordinary session by Parliament Council
    20/6
    – Saudi Monarch appoints his son, Prince Mohammed, as Crown Prince
    21/6
    – Council of Ministers refers electricity dossier to Department of Tenders
    22/6
    – President Michel Aoun presides over meeting by heads of parties within cabinet: To reject settlement, establishment of any group, while maintaining pluralistic, equitable system far-reaching sectarianism abolition
    23/6
    – Russia launches air strikes against Islamic State targets in Hama, Syria
    – Election of Greek Melkite Patriarch Youssef al-Absi as “Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem for Melkite Catholics”
    – Qatar receives demands of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, with 10-day deadline
    24/6
    – Target attempt against Grand Mosque in Mecca
    – Seven wounded, including four children, in Ain al-Hilweh bomb explosion
    25/6
    – Around 2 grams of Cocaine found in possession of Artist Singer Assala at Beirut Airport
    26/6
    – Fifteen persons injured in a road accident along Sidon-Tyre Highway
    27/6
    – Former Minister Ghassan Salameh appointed as Special Representative of UN Secretary-General in Libya, Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya
    – Three people killed, one wounded during clashes in Sabra refugee camp
    28/6
    – Launched campaign by Internal Security Forces against firing in air, especially during official examinations’ results period
    – Wave of cyber attacks begins in Ukraine and Russia, moves to Europe and US
    29/6
    – Iraqi Prime Minister declares end of Daesh, as his forces take control over Mosul
    30/6
    – Injured Army soldiers in suicide bombings in al-Nour camp for displaced Syrians in Arsal

    July 2017

    1/7
    -Russian President Vladimir Putin highlights, in a phone call with Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the importance of diplomacy and dialogue to end Gulf crisis
    2/7
    -Many killed and injured in suicide twin attacks in Damascus and Daraa
    -One killed as landmine left by Israeli enemy explodes in Ramya town
    3/7
    -Gulf extends Qatar’s deadline of 48 hours
    -Fire breaks out at Hosh Mandara Syrian refugees’ camp: One child dead, 7 injured, and 102 families left homeless as encampment destroyed by the flames
    4/7
    -IOM: Over 100 000 migrants had crossed the Mediterranean since January
    5/7
    -Saudi Arabi receives Qatar response on Gulf demands
    -General Security dismantles and arrests terrorist recruitment ring
    -First transcatheter mitral valve implant surgery in Lebanon, at Nino Hospital, Tripoli
    6/7
    -Suicide bombing kills and wounds many at bus station in Hama
    7/7
    -Attack kills and wounds more than 26 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai
    -Botched hacking attempt of State Security website
    9/7
    -Rodolf Abboud new head of Teachers’ Syndicate
    10/7
    -Syrian air force raid al-Nusra outposts in Arsal outskirts
    -Lebanon leads Secretary of the Cooperative Agreement of the Asian Arab States Council (ARASIA) for the second time
    -Mosul freed of Daesh
    11/7
    -Mastermind of Ras Baalbeck terrorist blasts killed in quality operation by the Lebanese army
    -Camille Matta wins best appearance award at BIAFF
    12/7
    -Former lawmaker Abdul Majid Rifai passes away
    -48th meeting of Arab Information Ministers in Cairo
    -Abortion of smuggling attempt of 155 kg of Captagon via Beirut airport
    13/7
    -Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron hold summit
    14/7
    -Military hostages’ families block Riyad Solh road
    -Israeli Occupation forces arrest Mufti of Jerusalem
    15/7
    -Israeli Occupation forces prevent prayers, invade al-Aqsa yards
    17/7
    -Syrian air force bombs terrorists’ outposts in Arsal outskirts, Lebanese army closes borders between Arsal and its peripheries
    18/7
    -Parliament endorses salary scale
    – Abortion of smuggling attempt of 7 tons of Captagon to Oman via Beirut airport
    19/7
    -Parliament endorses new taxes to fund salary scale
    20/7
    -President Michel Aoun: I would have preferred to endorse the state budget before the salary scale
    -Sami Gemayel asks President Aoun in a letter to revoke new tax law
    21/7
    -Military operation to free Arsal outskirts from terrorists kicks off
    -Two Palestinians killed in showdown with Israeli Occupation forces in the West Bank
    -Foreign Ministry says it has received a letter from Kuwait over a Kuwaiti court verdict proving Hezbollah’s involvement in gearing up and funding al-Abdali ring
    22/7
    -Former deputy pf Arsal municipality head killed as rocket hits his car
    23/7
    -Hezbollah takes over al-Nusra Front’s strategic points
    24/7
    -Lebanon judges protest at salary scale law
    -House Speaker Nabih Berri signs salary scale and tax laws
    -Lebanon breaks record at 100 meters hurdles for men in Abidjan
    25/7
    -Retired servicemen prevent TVA employees from entering their offices
    -Hezbollah advances towards al-Malahi and Wadi Hmayed
    – Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets US President Donald Trump at the White House: We are glad to maintain that our partnership in fighting Daesh and terrorism is still ongoing
    26/7
    -Alliwaa newspaper chairman Abdul Ghani Salam passes away
    -Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a speech on Arsal outskirts battle: Our goal is to expel the terrorist; work underway on the ground and through serious negotiations led by an official Lebanese side
    27/7
    -Army targets terrorists in Ras Baalbeck outskirts with artillery
    – 41 injured in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli Occupation forces in Al-Aqsa yard
    -Ceasefire in Arsal outskirts, terrorists start withdrawing into Syria with their families
    28/7
    -Saudi Arabia intercepts missile near Mecca launched from Yemen
    -Lebanon reaps golden medal at Francophone Games’ painting context
    29/7
    – Thousands of terrorists and civilians register to withdraw from Arsal outskirts
    -Australia botches terrorist plot to down an aircraft
    -Al-Nusra Front and Hezbollah swap fighters’ bodies
    31/7
    -Vehicle runs over crowd in Los Angeles
    -Displaced Syrians in Arsal outskirts transferred into Syria
    -Alex Demerjian clinches third spot in Belgium’s 24-hour race

     

    August 2017

    1/8
    -Qatar files complaint to WTO over Gulf-imposed commercial siege
    -General Abbas Ibrahim from Labwe: Negotiations between Hezbollah and al-Nusra very meticulous and complicated, terms must remain confidential and we will accept them in compliance with our dignity and the sovereignty of our nation
    2/8
    -Prisoners’ swap deal between Hezbollah and al-Nusra kicks off under General Abbas Ibrahim’s patronage
    3/8
    -Lebanese army bombs Daesh spots in Ras Baalbeck outskirts
    -USD one million in fake currency seized before accessing market
    4/8
    -General Abbas Ibrahim: We will not negotiate with anybody until military hostages’ fate revealed
    -House Speaker Nabih Berri flies to Tehran to participate in President Hassan Rouhani’s second inauguration
    -Army warplane targets Daesh outposts in Ras Baalbeck outskirts
    5/8
    -Many wounded inside Miye-wa-Miye Palestinian refugee camp
    6/8
    -Army takes over advanced positions in Fakiha and Ras Baalbeck outskirts, prepares to deploy in Arsal outskirts
    -Wings of Lebanon charter plane makes emergency landing in Larnaca due to windscreen crack
    -One killed, many injured during clash inside Borj Chemali refugee camp
    7/8
    -Army continues bombing Daesh outposts in Ras Baalback, al-Qaa, and Fakiha; missiles launched by Daesh land in al-Qaa and Ras Baalbeck outskirts
    – 352 judges sign petition calling for judiciary’s independence and canceling the salary scale
    8/8
    -Lebanon clinches first place in Jordan’s Open Taekwondo Tournament
    9/8
    -Car runs over two soldiers in Paris suburbs
    -Dispute breaks out inside Cabinet over minister’s visit to Syria
    10/8
    -Many Daesh terrorist killed in Lebanese army choppers’ raids on their outposts in Ras Baalbeck
    11/8
    -Director Jean Chamoun passes away
    -A first at Beirut airport: 975 passengers registered for the month of July
    -40 killed in train crash in Alexandria, north Egypt
    12/8
    -Car runs over crowd in Virginia, many wounded
    13/8
    -Prime Minister Saad Hariri after meeting with Kuwait Emir: Kuwait and Lebanon’s security one and the same
    -Israeli spying device uncovered in Barouk mount
    14/8
    -Retired servicemen protest before Central Bank and Beirut seaport
    -Economic dialogue at Baabda palace to discuss salary scale and tax law; number of levies amended to fund the scale
    -3 Lebanese killed in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso
    15/8
    -Lebanese army intensively bombs Daesh spots in Fakiha and Ras Baalbeck outskirts
    16/8
    -Parliament abolishes article 522 of the penal code on rape and marriage
    17/8
    -Many killed and wounded in clashes inside Ain-el-Hilwe Palestinian refugee camp
    -Many killed as van plows into crowds in Barcelona
    18/8
    -Army choppers bomb terrorists’ spots in Ras Baalbeck outskirts, artillery shells positions in al-Qaa peripheries
    19/8
    -Army chief launches “Dawn of the Outskirts” offensive
    -Sir Doniyeh chosen best Lebanese village
    -Fierce clashes inside Ain-el-Hilwe Palestinian refugee camp
    20/8
    -Three soldiers killed as landmine explodes in Ras Baalbeck outskirts
    -Army blows up two vehicles carrying suicide bombers in Ras Baalbeck outskirts
    21/8
    -President Michel Aoun signs salary scale and tax laws
    22/8
    -Serviceman killed, others injured while dismantling an explosive device
    23/8
    -Many wounded with stray bullets during clashes in Ain-el-Hilwe
    -Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Arsal: We will soon raise the Lebanese flag along Lebanon borders; army is capable of protecting our frontiers
    24/8
    -Saudi State Minister for Arab Gulf Affairs, Thamer Sabhan, meets panel of officials
    -Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah: Uncovering military hostages’ fate and recuperating them is first condition of any comprehensive deal with Daesh
    -Future Movement: Military hostages’ case in the hands of the competent security authorities and the military command
    25/8
    -Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea lashing back at Sayyed Nasrallah: We will not coordinate with a regime that is more terrorist than Daesh
    26/8
    -Prime Minister Saad Hariri holds series of meetings with officials in France
    27/8
    -Army declares ceasefire to pave way for the last stage of negotiations over the military hostages’ fate
    -Remains of 8 military hostages found in Arsal outskirts
    28/8
    -Prime Minister Saad Hariri declares August 28 a day for Lebanon victory and in honor for the army and the martyrs
    -Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Victims’ case in the Ayyash et al. trial begins
    29/8
    -Thousands of Rohingya flee for Bangladesh as fresh violence erupts in Myanmar
    -Prime Minister Saad Hariri retaliating to campaigns against former premier Tammam Salam over the military hostages: Salam grander than accusations; we have always been and will continue to be by his side. Enough is enough! As I remember, those accusing him did not quit his government back in the days over what they are claiming now!
    30/8
    -President Michel Aoun: We declare victory over terrorism
    -Army chief declares end of “Dawn of the Outskirts” offensive
    -10 MPs challenge tax law before Constitutional Council
    -House Speaker Nabih Berri at Imam Moussa Sadr festival: The Imam and his comrades are still alive; we say this responsibly
    -Lebanon wins World Kickboxing Championship
    31/8
    -Constitutional Council stops implementation of tax law to study challenge
    -President Michel Aoun orders competent authorities to conduct necessary investigations and determine responsibilities in the military hostages’ case

    September 2017

    1/9
    – PM Saad Hariri: The army played the biggest role in the liberation of Arsal outskirts. President Aoun and I permitted Daesh to cross the border
    2/9
    – Hezbollah: Americans bear the responsibility in case Daesh buses come under fire. The international community should prevent the occurrence of such heinous massacre.
    3/9
    – North Korea’s nuclear test with earthquake magnitude 3.6
    – Iran court sentences Nizar Zakka to 10 year in jail.
    4/9
    – Tender Department report on electricity-generating barges: The book of conditions is not in line with principles of openness, competition, parity and equal opportunities.
    – 12 injured in traffic accident on Hermel road.
    5/9
    – UN: More than 123,000 Rohingya flee Burma to Bangladesh
    6/9
    – President of the Central African Republic Faustin Archange Touadera arrives in Lebanon
    7/9
    – Hurricane Irma destroys 95% of the French part of San Martin Island in the Caribbean
    – – UN: 164,000 people cross from Burma to Bangladesh, fear of humanitarian crisis.
    8/9
    – National day of mourning in tribute of military martyrs
    9/9
    – Ali al-Hujairi nicknamed Abu Ajina arrested
    – Israeli spy device found inside rock in Kfar Shuba
    10/9
    – Saad Hariri calls for ending out-bidding and not politicizing investigation into military martyrs’ case.
    – Lebanese Forces Leader Samir Geagea: For a white revolution to purge arms’ duality and corruption.
    11/9
    – Hurricane Irma rattles Florida, Trump announces state of natural disaster.
    12/9
    – Lebanon lodges a complaint with the United Nations against Israel’s violations of Lebanese airspace
    -Saad Hariri meets with his Russian counterpart in Moscow
    – Lebanese delegation to the Arab Foreign Ministers’ Council meeting manages to secure resolution of solidarity with Lebanon unanimously.
    13/9
    – Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh for the second year in a row amongst top 9 central bank governors in the world.
    – Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea tweets: We need to investigate reasons for cancelling victory celebration of Fajr Joroud battle
    – Launch of first suicide prevention hotline in Lebanon
    – AUB no. 1 university in the Arab world and the entire Middle East and North Africa region according to “QS” rankings.
    14/9
    – Supervisory Body for parliamentary elections formed.
    – More than 50 killed in twin attacks near Iraq’s Nasiriya
    – US and Canadian embassies warn their citizens to be vigilant due to the unpredictable security situation in Lebanon and the constant threat of terrorist attacks.
    -15/9
    – Terrorist attack in London metro station
    – French Consulate warns its citizens in Lebanon to be alert due to security threat in next 48 hours.
    17/9
    – President Michel Aoun heads to New York, chairs Lebanon’s delegation to the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly
    – Cabinet approves biometric card and registration mechanism for expatriates to participate in elections
    18/9
    – Speaker Nabih Berri announces expedited project law to end Parliament’s term on December 31st
    19/9
    – Two Israeli air raids on al-Rashaha hilltop on the Lebanese-Syrian border, east of Shebaa town
    20/9
    – Parliament in response to Trump: No resettlement, no division
    21/9
    – Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil meets his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Mouallem.
    -Constitutional Council returns tax law to Parliament
    22/9
    – Nidal Solh hoists Lebanon’s flag on Georgia’s Qazbak Peak, one of the highest European mountains
    23/9
    – Iran conducts successful test of Khorramshahr ballistic missile, and Trump responds: No nuclear agreement after Iranian missile test
    24/9
    -Minister Gebran Bassil in response to critics of his meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem: Any meeting we hold is in Lebanon’s interest
    25/9
    -General and comprehensive strike in all state facilities
    -French – Lebanese summit in Elysee
    26/9
    -UN: 480,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh since late August
    27/9
    -INTERPOL: Membership of the State of Palestine accepted
    -Samir Geagea and Sami Gemayel in Saudi Arabia
    28/9
    -Sit-ins and cutting of roads in demand of salary scale
    -Military Tribunal sentences Ahmed al-Assir to death
    29/9
    – Cabinet approves new wages as of today
    30/9
    – Sports Club Asia’s champion in basketball

     

    October 2017

    1/10
    – 450 injured in referendum organized by the Government of Catalonia for independence from Spain
    -Two terrorist attacks in France and Canada
    2/10
    – 58 killed and 515 injured in shooting in Las Vegas
    3/9
    -Judicial appointments finalized
    -Former MP Saeed al-Assaad passes away
    4/10
    -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran
    5/10
    -Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, President Vladimir Putin hold talks in Moscow
    6/10
    -Senate approves sanctions to ban Hezbollah funding
    7/10
    – Speaker Nabih Berri underlines three NOs: No Parliament term extension, No amendment of new electoral law, and no technical reasons impeding its application
    8/10
    -“US sanctions against Hezbollah are good, but the solution lies in a tough international coalition against it,” Tamer Al Sabhan, Saudi State Minister for Arab Gulf Affairs said.
    9/10
    -One soldier injured during dismantling of bomb in Arsal outskirts
    10/10
    -Catalan leader declares independence of Catalonia province from Spain, Spanish government rejects
    11/10
    -3 suicide bombers blow themselves up near Damascus police command center, Daesh claims responsibility
    12/10
    -Cabinet appoints Economic and Social Council, approves allocations to fund elections and protect the heritage buildings
    -First licensing round of offshore oil and gas exploration ends
    13/10
    -PM Saad Hariri meets Pope Francis at the Vatican, confirms government remains in power
    -More than 600 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, transferred to Italy
    -US president refuses to certify Iran’s nuclear deal: One of the worst agreements in the history of America and Tehran does not respect its content
    14/10
    -Spy device found in the outskirts of the town of Blida
    15/10
    -276 killed and 300 injured in attack on Mogadishu
    -5 explosive devices and ammunition seized inside cave in Arsal’s Wadi Al Khail
    16/10
    -President Michel Aoun addresses letters to heads of permanent members of the Security Council on refugees’ crisis: Repercussions of any explosion in Lebanon could stretch out to many countries
    17/10
    -Teen kills his father and three other people in gunfire in Zaqaq Balat
    18/10
    – State budget approved after 11 years
    – Parliament approves state budget 2017
    20/10
    – Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rahi from the United States: Syrians and Palestinians have become a burden on Lebanon, and a demographic, economic, political, cultural and security threat
    – Lebanon elected as member of Arab Environment Ministers’ Executive Office
    – Death sentence to Habib Chartouni and Nabil al-Alam, stripping them of their civil rights in the case of late President Bashir Gemayel’s assassination
    21/10
    – Three explosive devices and ammunition found in al- Rahwa area
    22/10
    – Army Chief Joseph Aoun in America
    23/10
    – Governor of Australia in Lebanon
    – Grand Pontiff deeply regrets suffering of 200,000 children of Rohingya
    – PM Saad Hariri responds to Rouhani: Lebanon is an independent Arab state that will not accept any tutelage
    24/10
    – Environment Minister Tarek Khatib launches second stage of air pollution assessment: Cost of pollution in Lebanon reaches 151 million dollars
    -EU Ambassador Christina Lassen: One of the most polluted countries in the Mediterranean
    – Foreign Ministry launches national campaign to encourage expatriates to register their names in electoral lists
    25/10
    – One woman killed, 14 students injured in traffic accident along Rashaya-Masnaa Highway
    – Cutting off roads, burning tires during removal of kiosks in “Hay el-Selom” neighborhood
    26/10
    – Iraq launches operations against the last strongholds of Daesh Organization in the country
    – Cabinet Okays giving full communication data to security apparatuses
    27/10
    – President Michel Aoun meets with British Foreign Minister: We reject resettlement, call for cessation of ongoing hostile violations and reaching a final solution to Syrian crisis
    – Parliament of Catalonia declares independence
    28/10
    – Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Cyprus
    29/10
    – “It is not strange for terrorist militia party to declare and partake in war against the Saudi Kingdom under guidance of world terrorist patrons, but what is strange is the government and people’s silence,” says Tamer Al Sabhan, Saudi State Minister for Arab Gulf Affairs
    – Historic victory for Lebanon over France in the Rugby World Cup
    30/10
    – Speaker Nabih Berri signs budget bill, refers it to Premiership
    – PM Saad Hariri heads to Saudi Arabia on work visit
    31/10
    – Saudi Airlines plane lands in Baghdad for first time in 27 years
    – Army Chief receives two “Super Tocano” aircrafts as an American grant: Any assistance to army serves regional and international stability

    November 2017

    1/11
    – Patriarch Mar Bashar Boutros Rahi receives an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia
    – Israeli raids on Syria from Lebanese airspace
    2/11
    – Seven explosive devices, hand grenades and other weapons seized in Ras Baalbek
    3/11
    – Syrian Official Media: 9 killed by suicide car bomb in the Syrian Golan Heights
    – Iran’s Supreme Leader for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati after his meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri: This victory is that of the resistance axis in the region and a victory for all of us.
    – President of the Republic General Michel Aoun signs the Budget Law of 2017
    – The Spanish judiciary issues a European arrest warrant against the Catalan president

    4/11
    – President Saad Hariri announces from Saudi Arabia his resignation as prime minister
    – Information Minister Melhem Riachy leaves for Saudi Arabia on an official visit
    5/11
    – Saudi Arabia detains princes and ministers on charges of corruption
    – President Nabih Berri after meeting Sissi: The meeting opens a big door for a breakthrough and I hope our people in Lebanon to calm down
    – More than 26 people killed in a shooting inside a church in Texas
    6/11
    – French Foreign Ministry: France took note of the resignation of Prime Minister Hariri and respects his decision
    – Violent clashes in Al-Sharawneh neighborhood between Wahbi and Jaafar families
    7/11
    – Saudi Crown Prince: Providing Huthis with Iranian missiles direct aggression against the Kingdom
    – USJ wins 21 medals at the Euro-Igada International Championships in Paris
    – Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow is concerned about developments in Lebanon and calls on influential foreign powers to issue constructive positions
    8/11
    – Four medals and a prize for Lebanon at the Nuremberg Industrial Fair in Germany
    – Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors in the presence of the French President
    9/11
    – Senior Lebanese government official: Lebanon believes Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia and seeks foreign pressure to bring him back
    – Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ask their nationals in Lebanon to leave as soon as possible
    – The UAE reiterates its travel warning to Lebanon
    10/11
    – French Foreign Minister: Hariri is free to leave KSA
    – Lebanon, represented by Judge Nawaf Salam, wins a seat in the International Court of Justice
    – Hassan Nasrallah marking martyrs day: Hariri is detained in Saudi Arabia and is prevented from returning to Lebanon
    – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “Washington considers President Saad Hariri a strong partner.”
    – Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, expresses “great concern” about the political crisis in Lebanon, stresses “increases in communication to prevent escalation.”
    – French Foreign Minister: Hariri is free in his movements and it is important that he makes his own choices
    12/11
    – President of the Republic: The ambiguous circumstances of Prime Minister Hariri in Riyadh make his positions questionable
    – President Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia: I have resigned to create a positive shock and I will return very soon to Lebanon
    13/11
    – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman: Tehran does not interfere in Lebanese affairs
    14/11
    – Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi meets with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia
    15/11
    – Iranian President: “The blatant Saudi intervention in Lebanon and the resignation of its prime minister is unprecedented in history.”
    – Foreign and Expatriates Minister Gibran Bassil from Italy: It is not normal to have our Prime Minister endure an ambiguous situation despite announcing an intention to return to Lebanon
    – Belgian Foreign Minister: To avoid any destabilization of Lebanon, Hariri is the architect of political balance
    – Elysee: Macron invited Saad Hariri and his family to come to France
    16/11
    – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian from Riyadh: Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted France’s invitation
    – Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil from Turkey: We hope Hariri returns so that we do not have to escalate our diplomatic position
    17/11
    – Minister Gebran Bassil from Moscow: The crisis over Hariri’s resignation is part of an attempt to create chaos in the region
    – The Saudi Embassy calls on its nationals in Lebanon to leave as soon as possible
    18/11
    – Closed meeting between PM Saad Hariri and the French president at the Elysee
    – Army seizes 9 explosive devices in Arsal’s bulldozers
    19/11
    – Pope Francis to the Lebanese people: Pray for the stability of your country
    – Minister Gebran Bassil contacts number of Arab counterparts to ease the statement of the Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo.
    – Lebanon refuses Arab statement listing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization
    – Statement by Arab foreign ministers in Cairo describes Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but Lebanon rejects
    20/11
    – President Michel Aoun tells Secretary General of the Arab League: Israeli aggression still ongoing and it’s the Lebanese people’s right to resist and thwart its plans
    – Saad Hariri’s children held hostage in Saudi Arabia
    21/11
    – PM Saad Hariri meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi, visits Cyprus and returns to Beirut
    22/11
    – PM Saad Hariri revokes resignation at the request of the President of the Republic: We must adhere to the policy of distancing ourselves from regional conflicts
    23/11
    – Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: disarming Hezbollah is non-negotiable
    – Union of Arab News Agencies elected its General Secretariat: Kuwait as President, Lebanon and Oman as Vice-Chairmen
    24/11
    – Arrest of artist Ziad Itani over collaborating with the Israeli enemy
    – Charges against Marcel Ghanem accusing him of libel and obstruction investigations
    – More than 305 dead and dozens wounded in an attack on a mosque in Arish
    – Fouad Maksoud wins first place in the ninth season of the “Stars of Science” program organized by Qatar Foundation.
    25/11
    – 10 wounded dispute in Asoun
    26/11
    – PM Saad Hariri during a meeting at the “Central House” with Islamic Supreme Council: the recent crisis revealed the intentions and directions of some to strike stability and target the country for special purposes and interests
    27/11
    – Samir Geagea: We will not leave the government, weapons should be limited to the state
    – President Michel Aoun begins consultative meetings with the political blocs represented in the government to find out their views on a number of topics put forward by the Prime Minister
    28/11
    – Hazmieh declared the first leading city in Lebanon
    29/11
    – President Michel Aoun leaves for Rome at the invitation of his Italian counterpart
    30/11
    – Return of displaced Syrians to Tufail

    December 2017

    1/12
    – Three girls die in a fire at a Syrian refugee camp in Bebnin
    – Launch of a ballistic missile on Saudi Arabia from Yemen.
    2/12
    – UAE deports Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to Cairo
    – Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh announces willingness to open a “new page” with the Coalition to Support Legitimacy, led by Saudi Arabia
    3/12
    – United States withdraws from United Nations Global Charter on Migration
    – Leading Lebanese political theater artist Jalal Khoury dies
    4/12
    – Contract workers block doors of electricity company, demand equity
    – Killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh
    – Ministerial meeting between Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in Kuwait for the first time since the Gulf crisis
    5/12
    – PM Saad Hariri: Government committed to distance itself from any conflicts, wars or internal affairs of the Arab countries
    6/12
    – Elysee: Macron welcomes Hariri’s revocation of resignation
    – Turkish Foreign Ministry: We are pleased that the political uncertainty in Lebanon has ended
    – US president declares Jerusalem capital of Israel
    7/12
    – Rockets fired at Israeli settlements near Gaza Strip
    8/12
    – The French president opens meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon in presence of PM Saad Hariri
    9/12
    – Security Council confirms that the US president’s decision contradicts with international resolutions
    10/12
    – Protest in Awkar against US president’s decision
    11/12
    – Minister Nohad Mashnouk launches the slogan” 2018 Lebanon elects”: Full readiness to hold the elections
    – Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah calls for protests and a third Palestinian uprising against Trump’s decision
    12/12
    – Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria
    13/12
    – President Michel Aoun in Turkey to participate in the extraordinary summit of Islamic countries
    – Lebanon wins four prizes from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in 2017
    – Leaders of Islamic countries call on the world to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine
    14/12
    – Islamic spiritual summit in Bkirki: No to Trump’s provocative decision
    – Opening of the border crossing with Syria
    – Cabinet approves two licenses for exploration and production of oil
    15/12
    – President of the Republic: “We succeeded in overcoming the crisis through our national unity
    16/12
    – Minister Gebran Bassil casts doubts on Arabism of those who give up on Jerusalem, says Lebanon has shown that they it has the actual resistance fighters defending Arabism and holy sites.
    17/12
    – At least one suicide bomber killed a church in Pakistan
    18/12
    – Arrest of a British diplomat assassin in Beirut
    – Washington vetoes draft resolution condemning Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel
    19/12
    – Ballistic missile launched from Yemen towards Riyadh
    – Italy awards Lebanon 500 thousand euros for the industrial zones development project
    – Largest Roulette in the world debuts in Casino Du Liban
    – Council of Ministers approves granting seniority year to the officers of the 94th session, extends mandate of two cellular companies
    20/12
    – Iran denies US and Saudi accusations of supplying weapons to the Huthis in Yemen
    – Army intelligence arrests one of the most prominent terrorists from his secret hiding place in Arsal

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