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10 Lebanese charged with illegal arms trafficking

Mawlawi carried on the shoulders following his release in May 2012. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Ten Lebanese individuals were charged Friday with illegal arms trafficking between Lebanon and Syria.


Airport employees warn to join public sector strike

Protesters rally outside the Rafik Hariri International Airport, Beirut on Friday, March 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Employees at Beirut’s international airport warned the government Friday they would join public sector workers in their strike over the delay in referring a wage scale draft to Parliament.


Syria crisis escalating at unprecedented pace, U.N. warns

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

BEIRUT: The crisis in Syria is accelerating at an unprecedented pace unseen in recent years, the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned Friday in Beirut, and described the two-year-old conflict across the border as representing an “existential threat” to Lebanon.


UNHCR head vows to ease difficult refugee conditions

Guterres listens to a Syrian refugee woman during his visit in Ketermaya. (REUTERS/Ali Hashisho)

BEIRUT: The head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees kicked off a two-day visit to Lebanon by visiting Syrian families in the Chouf town of Ketermaya, pledging to ease their difficult living conditions.


Ghosn: Exceptional efforts needed to avert civil strife

Lebanese Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn attends a Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s defense minister warned Thursday that “exceptional efforts” were required to avoid civil strife in Lebanon, while the commander of the Army pledged that the military would not suffer a split along sectarian lines.


Lebanese officials express hope after election of Pope Francis

Francis celebrates his first public Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel.

BEIRUT: Lebanese political and religious leaders welcomed Thursday the election of Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the head the Catholic Church and expressed hopes that he would help bring peace to the region.